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Shad (SP 551)


  • The first Shad was built in 1907 by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 15 May 1917
  • Commissioned 24 May 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 18 August 1919
  • Sold 10 September 1919
  • Registered in 1927 to Richard J. Davis of Portsmouth, VA as the yacht Shad
  • Registered in 1931 to Robert R. Beaton of Portsmouth as the yacht Shad
  • Registered in 1933 to William Oast of Portsmouth as the yacht Shad
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 17 t.
  • Length 43' 8"
  • Beam 10'
  • Draft 3' 5"
    1927 - 5.2'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
    1927 - Three
    1931 - Two
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 75hp 6-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Shad 97k Hauled out of the water at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, circa 1917-1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102205
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