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Commander (SP 1247)


  • Built in 1917 by the Beele Wallace Co., Morehead City, NC
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 September 1917
  • Commissioned 3 January 1918
  • Decommissioned 5 February 1919
  • Returned to her owner, P. Howard Reid of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. on 6 February 1918
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 36 t.
  • Length 61' 2"
  • Beam 30' 10"
  • Draft 45' 3"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 11
  • Propulsion: One 110hp 3-cylinder gasoline/kerosene engine, one shaft.
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    Motorboat Commander
    Commander 62k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service. She appears to be fitted for use as a sightseeing boat
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100872
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Commander (SP 1247)
    Commander 75k In an icy harbor, probably in the New York City area, on 31 December 1917, after being modified for Naval use. USS SC-337 is tied up alongside and a Pittsburgh class armored cruiser is partially visible in the immediate background.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100873
    Naval Historical Center

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