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ex-USCGC Cossack

Call sign:
George - Vice - Fox - Nan

ex-USS Cossack (SP 695)

Cossack served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard


  • Built in 1916 by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy in April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Cossack (SP 695), 1 May 1917
  • Stricken from the Navy list 27 March 1919
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 22 November 1919 and commissioned USCGC Cossack at Key West, FL
  • Renamed AB-3 6 November 1923
  • Destroyed by fire 9 May 1925.


  • Length 64'
  • Beam 9' 4"
  • Draft 2'
    1922 - 3'
  • Speed 23 kts.
  • Complement: Five (1922)
  • Propulsion: Two 180hp Van Blerck 8-cylinder gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Motorboat Cossack
    Cossack 55k Underway, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photos NH 100883 and NH 100884
    Naval Historical Center
    Cossack 105k
    USS Cossack (SP 695)
    Cossack 103k Underway at high speed, probably in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102840
    Naval Historical Center
    Cossack 69k Scoter (SP-20), at left, and Cossack near a buoy, probably in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach.
    U.S. Navy photos NH 102841 and NH 102842
    Cossack 76k
    Cossack 42k Photographed circa 1919, after removal of her World War I armament. Among the modifications she received during her Naval service was the addition of an enclosed pilot house.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100885

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Cossack (No. 695), a motorboat, was purchased by the Navy, placed in service on 1 May 1917, and assigned to the 1st Naval District. She conducted patrols in the Boston section until October 1918 when she transferred to the 3d Naval District. Cossack was stricken from the Navy List on 27 March 1919 and on 22 November was turned over to the
    Coast Guard.

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