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Minerva (SP 425)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Dog - Mike Nan


  • Built in 1914 by the Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, CT
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Minerva (SP 425), 20 July 1917
  • Decommissioned 14 January 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Registered in 1931 to W. H. Cocke of Claremont, VA as the yacht Claremont
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 55 t.
  • Length 80'
    1931 - 73'
  • Beam 14'"
  • Draft 3' 9"
    1931 - 8'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 13
    1931 - Two
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 45hp 4-cylinder Sterling gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Minerva 71k At anchor, circa 1914-1916 prior to her World War I era Naval service
    Naval Historical Center photos NH 99429 and NH 99430
    Robert Hurst
    Minerva 104k
    Minerva 78k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102032
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Minerva (SP 425)
    Minerva 188k Photo from the 19 September 1917 edition of MotorBoat magazine Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:

    In Roman mythology the god of the arts and handicrafts.

    Minerva (SP-425) was built by Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Conn., in 1914; acquired by the Navy under free lease from her owner, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Bowen of New York City, 7 May 1917; and commissioned 20 July 1917, Ens. R. G. Megargel, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 3d Naval District, New York, Minerva served during World War I as a section patrol boat in the coastal waters of the New York area. In addition she guarded the submarine and torpedo nets in the approaches to New York harbor. After the Armistice, she was decommissioned and returned to her owner 14 January 1919.

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