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ex-Vision (SP 744)


Laid down in 1908 at Watervliet, NY and completed in 1916 by the Albany Ship Corp., Albany, NY

  • Acquired by the Navy 3 July 1917 and commissioned USS Vision (SP 744) the same day
  • Renamed SP-744 to avoid confusion with Vision (SP 1114)
  • Decommissioned 22 January 1919 at Miami, FL, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 13 t.
  • Length 45'
  • Beam 9' 9"
  • Draft 2' 9"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
  • Armament: One .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 135hp 4-cylinder Van Blerck gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Vision 98k 3 July 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102361
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Vision (SP 744)—a wooden-hulled, "express-cruiser," screw launch designed by Thomas V. Taylor and completed in 1916 at Watervliet, N.Y., by the Albany Boat Corp.—was acquired by the Navy on 3 July 1917 under free lease from L. E. Anderson; and was commissioned on the same day.

    However, to avoid confusion with Vision (SP-1114), the Navy soon dropped the screw launch's name; and she served under her hull number, SP-744. Attached to the 2d Naval District, SP-744 operated out of Newport, R.I., on harbor and harbor entrance patrol duties. She also patrolled off the Naval War College and off Rose Island.

    Following engine repairs from November 1917 to February 1918, SP-744 resumed patrols in the Newport area. On 23 June, the boat got underway southward for duty in the 8th Naval District. Proceeding via a succession of ports along the eastern seaboard from New London, Conn., to Charleston, S.C., Vision arrived at St. Augustine, Fla., on 15 October. She subsequently operated out of Miami, Fla., until she was decommissioned there on 22 January 1919 and returned to her owner.

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