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Laura Reed (SP 2009)

Motor Schooner:

  • Built in 1895 at Noank, CT
  • Acquired by the Navy 3 December 1917
  • Commissioned 6 December 1917 at New Haven, CT
  • Struck from the Navy Register 7 January 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 99 t.
  • Length 52'
  • Beam 16' 2"
  • Draft 6' 3"
  • Speed 5 kts.
  • Complement 11
  • Propulsion: Sail and one 2-cylinder 14hp gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Laura Reed 130k At anchor, possibly in late 1917, soon after she was placed in commission
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99507
    Robert Hurst
    Laura Reed 59k Photographed circa 1917. The bow of USS Hopestill (SP-191) is visible at left
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101798
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Laura Reed, an auxiliary schooner, was built in 1895 in Noank, Conn.; chartered by the Navy 27 November 1917 from her owner, Henry L. Galpin, New Haven, Conn.; enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 30 November 1917; taken over 3 December; and commissioned 6 December 1917 at New Haven, Boatswain's Mate Sydney B. Dexter, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 3d Naval District, New York, Laura Reed operated out of New Haven as a patrol boat and a training boat for Yale University Naval Unit. After the Armistice she was returned to her owner 7 January 1919.

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