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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive

Roamer (SP 1047)

Call sign (1918):
Nan - Unit - Fox - Pup

Call sign (1927):
King - Roger - Mike - William

Patrol Launch:

  • Built in 1902 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 June 1917
  • Commissioned 20 July 1917
  • Decommissioned 28 January 1919
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 June 1919
  • Sold 19 July 1919
  • Registered in 1927 to Frank Duncan McPherson Strachan of Brunswick, GA as the yacht Roamer
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 89 t.
  • Length 93'
    1927 - 82.7'
  • Beam 17' 3"
  • Draft 4' 3"
    1927 - 8.1'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 19
    1927 - Six
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One Herreshoff boiler, one 100hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Roamer 203k Original photo: National Archives photo 165WW-339A-21
    Replacement photo: U.S. Navy photo NH 42440
    Original photo: Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Replacement photo: Naval History and Heritage Command

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:The first Roamer (SP-I047) was built in 1902 by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I.; acquired by the Navy from the State of Florida at Tallahassee on 29 June 1917; and commissioned 20 July 1917, Ens. T.[exas]. R. Hodges, USNR, in command. A slow scout patrol launch, she operated in the 8th Naval District throughout her 18-month Naval career. Roamer decommissioned on 28 January 1919, was struck from the Navy list on 17 June 1919, and sold to Frank A. Egan, New Rochelle, N.Y., on 19 July 1919.

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