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Sea Hawk (SP 2365)

Section Patrol:

  • Built in 1917 as Herreshoff No. 319 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 October 1917
  • Placed in service 13 December 1917 as Sea Hawk (SP 23655 December 1919
  • Disappeared on the night of 9 and 10 September 1919 during a hurricane at Key West, FL
  • Struck from the Navy list 5 December 1919
    Ships' Data, U.S. Navy Vessels 1 November 1918 lists stricken date as 5 December 1919.


  • Displacement 29 t.
  • Length 62' 4"
  • Beam 11' 2"2peed 25.5 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two Model F 8-cylinder 200hp Sterling gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Sea Hawk 74k Off the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, c. October-December 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach, 1980. He served in Sea Hawk during the last three months of 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 97603
    Naval Historical Center
    Sea Hawk 67k Photographed circa 1917
    USN Photograph NH 101888-A
    Sea Hawk 110k At Key West, Florida, 2 April 1919. Several other Section Patrol craft are also present, probably awaiting disposition after World War I use
    National Archives photo 80-G-1017188 from the Naval History and Heritage Command

    DANFS History: Sea Hawk, a wooden boat built during 1917 by the Herreshoff Mfg. Co., Bristol, R.I., was acquired by the United States Navy on 20 October 1917 from Arthur Winslow of Boston; and was placed in service shortly afterward.

    During World War I, Sea Hawk operated on patrol duty within the 1st and the 7th Naval Districts. Placed out of service at the war's end, she disappeared on the night of 9 and 10 September 1919 during a hurricane at Key West. Sea Hawk was struck from the Navy list on 5 December 1919.

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