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ex-Inca (SP 1212)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Nan - Rush


  • The third Inca was built in 1917 as Herreshoff No. 314 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 July 1917 and commissioned USS Inca (SP 1212) the same day
  • Renamed SP-1212 in 1918
  • Assigned 26 July 1918 to the Industrial Department, Hampton Roads, VA
  • Returned to her owner 17 April 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 23 t.
  • Length 62' 4"
  • Beam 10' 11"
  • Draft 2' 6"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 200ihp 8-cylinder Sterling oil engines, two shafts.
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    Inca 65k

    The Inca Empire (Quechua: Tawantinsuyu, lit. "four parts together", also known as the Incan Empire and the Inka Empire, was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The administrative, political and military center of the empire was located in the city of Cusco. The Inca civilization arose from the Peruvian highlands sometime in the early 13th century. Its last stronghold was conquered by the Spanish in 1572
    Photo shows Inca Gold Jewelry. The saw gold as a representative of the sun and even thought that it shines like one. Because of this, most people wore it on special occasions and even decorated their temple with it. Their belief is that the more gold you have or wear, the closer you [would] be with their god named Inti

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 19 November 2020
    Inca/Needle 52k Probably photographed circa July 1917, while undergoing conversion for Navy service. The boat at right is of identical design to Inca, and that at the left is the motor boat Needle, of Boston, which became USS Needle (SP-649). Some of the four craft in the background already are flying Navy jacks and are fitted with guns
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101827
    Naval Historical Center
    Hiawatha/Inca 71k Probably photographed in the Norfolk, Virginia, area in 1917-18. USS Hiawatha (SP 183) is at right. The Wallace Brothers gasoline engine machine shop is at right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101791
    Inca 149k Hauled out of the water at the Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 February 1919. The stern of USS Agamemnon (ID-3004) is in the background. At left are Chicago and Northwestern Railway box car No. 103784 and a Navy rowing boat.
    Photograph taken by the G.L. Hall Optical Co., Norfolk, Va.
    Donation of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Museum, Portsmouth, Virginia
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 98558-A
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Richard Buckmaster Fuller, USNRF28 July 1917
    02ENS Carlton Howard Lee, USNRFAugust 1917
    03ENS Benjamin T. Daggett, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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