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Ostrich (SP 1249)


  • The first Ostrich was built in 1909 by the Elco Co., Bayonne, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 July 1917
  • Placed in service as USS Ostrich (SP 1249), 25 October 1917
  • Decommissioned and returned to her owner 23 December 1918
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 3.8 t.
  • Length 35'
  • Beam 5' 3"
  • Draft 2' 8"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement: Two
  • Propulsion: One 60hp 6-cylinder Peerless gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Ostrich 76k

    Ostrich - A swift-footed two-toed flightless ratite bird with valuable wing and tail plumes that is the largest of existing birds and weighs 300 pounds
    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 27 December 2021
    Ostrich 207k U.S. Navy photo NH 100240 Naval History and Heritage Command

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