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Venture (SP 616)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Watch - Have - Jig

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1916 as Shadow by George Lawley and Sons Corp., Neponset, MA
  • Renamed Venture
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 April 1917 and commissioned USS Venture (SP 616) the same day
  • Decommissioned 5 February 1919 and returned to her owner, Mrs. Sarah L. Silsbee of Isleboro, ME
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 48 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 13'
  • Draft 4'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and one 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 160hp 6-cylinder Speedway gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Yacht Venture
    Comber 67k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102348
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Venture (SP 616)
    Comber 67k In port on 16 May 1917, while being prepared for duty. Second boat from the left is Gypsy (SP-55), next to her, to the right, is Doris B. IV (SP-625), second from the right is Venture, at right is Comber (SP 344)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94468
    Naval Historical Center

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