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Needle (SP 649)

Call sign (1927):
King - Vice - Jig - Sail

Call sign (1933):
King - Mike - Easy - Unit


  • Built in 1906 by George Lawley and Sons, Inc., Neponset, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 June 1917 from George L. Batehelder of Medford, MA
  • Commissioned USS Needle (SP 649), 20 June 1917
  • Struck from the Naval Register 18 August 1919
  • Sold 16 September 1919 to Morgan Barney of New York, NY
  • Registered in 1927 to Ralph E. Barker of Taunton, MA as the yacht Needle
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 22 t.
  • Length 71'
    1927 - 54'
  • Beam 10'
  • Draft 3' 9"
    1927 - 5.7'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
    1927 - Two
  • Armament: Two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 100hp 6-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Inca/Needle 52k Moored outboard of USS Inca (SP 1212)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101827
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG George Lewis Batchelder, USNRF6 April 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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