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Arcadia (SP 856)


  • The first Arcadia was built in 1915 by Frank S. Terry, Brooklyn, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 October 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register 6 November 1918 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 30 t.
  • Length 55'
  • Beam 14' 1"
  • Draft 4' 3"
  • Speed 10.4 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Armament: One 3-pounder, one 1-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 80hp 6-cylinder Niagara Motor Co. gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Arcadia 106k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99310
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    Arcadia is a picturesque district of the Peloponnesus in Greece, the traditional home of pastoral poetry; hence any region of ideal rustic simplicity
    and contentment.

    The first Arcadia was a wooden motorboat built in 1915 by Frank S. Terry in Brooklyn, N.Y., that the Navy acquired, by charter, for service as a section patrol boat. Taken over at New York on 8 October 1918, Arcadia was designated SP-856. No logs exist that record the nature of her duty, and there are conflicting dates as to her disposition. One source states the Arcadia was turned over to her owner and stricken from the Navy list on 6 November 1918, while another indicates that a lump sum for the charter of the craft had been determined on 3 February 1919 and that the boat had been authorized for return to her owner.

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