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Snark (SP 1291)


  • Built in 1917 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Snark (SP 1291), 30 August 1917
  • Struck from the Naval list and returned to her owner 29 March 1919
  • Registered in 1920 as the yacht Safety First out of Cleveland, OH
  • Registered in 1948 to W. J. Townsend of Bayonne, NJ as the yacht White Lyne
  • Abandoned in 1964.


  • Displacement 28 t.
  • Length 62' 4"
    1920 - 60'
  • Beam 11'
    1920 - 11.2'
  • Draft 1' 6"
    1920 - 5.8'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
    1920 - One
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two 200hp Sterling gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Snark 109k Photographed at the time of her completion. She was one of nine 62' 4" motor boats of the Apache type built by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island, specifically for patrol duty
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101887
    Naval Historical Center
    Snark 90k Underway after World War I, while employed as a pleasure craft. She still wears her wartime "SP" number in commemoration of her Naval service, and has been refitted with an enlarged pilot house
    U.S. Navy photos NH 100224 and NH 102225
    Snark 127k

    Commanding Officers
    01Boatswain Julius V. LeBrell, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Snark (SP-1291) was built in 1917 by the Herreshoff Mfg. Co. Bristol, R.I. The motor boat was acquired by the Navy from its owner, Mr. Carl Tucker of New York City, on a free lease basis and commissioned on 30 August 1917.

    Snark was assigned to the 5th Naval District and performed patrol duty until 29 March 1919. On that date, she was struck from the Navy list and returned to her owner.

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