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Louise No. 2 (SP 1230)

Pilot Schooner:

  • Built in 1900 by Ambrose Martin, East Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 September 1917
  • Commissioned 20 September 1917
  • Decommissioned 14 January 1919, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 73 t.
  • Length 104'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 16
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders and one .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: Sail and two 4-cylinder 60hp Murray and Tregurtha gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Louise No. 2 107k Probably photographed at about the time she was taken over for Naval Service. She was also referred to as Louise and Pilot Boat No. 2
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102010
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Louise No.2, an auxiliary pilot boat, was built in 1900 by Ambrose Martin, East Boston, 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; taken over 19 September 1917; and commissioned 20 September 1917 at Boston, Ens. John M. Watson, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 1st Naval District, Boston, Louise No.2 served throughout World War I as a pilot boat in Boston Harbor, guiding inbound and outbound ships through the defensive sea area of the Port of Boston. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 14 January 1919 and was returned to her owner the same day.

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