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Liberty III (SP 1229)

Auxiliary Schooner:

  • Built in 1896 by John Bishop, Gloucester, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 September 1917 from the Boston Pilots Relief Society and commissioned USS Liberty III (SP-1229) the same day
  • Decommissioned 8 January 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 118 t.
  • Length 103'
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 8' 9"
  • Speed 8.5 kts.
  • Complement 12
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: Sail and two 4-cylinder 60hp Murray and Tregurtha gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Liberty III 205k Probably photographed at about the time she was taken over for Naval Service. She was also referred to as Liberty and No. 3 Pilot Boat
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102007
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Liberty III, an auxiliary pilot boat, was built in 1896 by John Bishop, Gloucester, Mass.; acquired by the Navy under free lease 10 September 1917 from her owner, Boston Pilots Relief Society; enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 15 September 1917; and commissioned 21 September 1917 at Boston, Ens. Murdoch McLean USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 1st Naval District, Boston, Mass., Liberty III served throughout World War I as a harbor entrance patrol boat, guiding the movements of ships that navigated the defensive sea area of the port of Boston. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 8 January 1919 at Boston and was returned to her owner the same day.

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