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Joy (SP 643)


  • Built in 1905 as Dodger by B. Frank Wood, City Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Joy (SP 643), 31 May 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 July 1918 and returned to her owners
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 41 t.
  • Length 93'
  • Beam 11'
  • Draft 2' 11"
  • Speed 23 kts.
  • Complement 12
  • Armament: One machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 300hp 6-cylinder Standard gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Joy 86k Joya light steel plated yacht designed by William Gardner
    City Island Nautical Museum photo
    Tom Nye

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Joy (SP-643), ex-Dodger, was built by B. F. Wood, City Island, N.Y. in 1905, and acquired by the Navy in June 1917 from her owners, T. M. Jones, and P. C. Kauffman of Newport, R.I.

    The motor yacht was assigned to the 2d Naval District, Newport, R.I., and was used on patrol only a short time before being declared unserviceable. She was finally returned to her owners 6 May 1919.

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