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Vision (SP 1114)


  • Built in 1910 by William Nelson, Harrisburg, TX
  • Acquired by the Navy 27 August 1917 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 19 December 1918 at Harrisburg and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 13 t.
  • Length 67' 6"
  • Beam 12' 6"
  • Draft 4'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 6-cylinder 54hp Buffalo gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Vision 122k In port, circa 1917-1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102362
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Vision (SP 1114)—a wooden-hulled motorboat completed in 1910 at Harrisburg, Tex., by William Nelson— was acquired by the Navy under a free lease from Haywood Nelms on 27 August 1917; and was commissioned the same day, Ens. Frank H. Nelms, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 3d section, 8th Naval District, Vision operated in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas ports of Freeport, Sabine, Palacios, and Galveston. On occasion, she also conducted patrols off the entrance to the Brazos River and in Matagorda Bay.

    Vision was towed by SC-157 from Galveston to Harrisburg, was decommissioned on 19 December 1918, and was returned to her owner on the same day.

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