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Ahdeek (SP 2589)

Aeronautic Patrol Motorboat:

  • Built in 1916 by the Charles L. Seabury and Gas Engine and Power Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 September 1918
  • Loaned 1 October 1919 to the Culver Military Academy, Culver, IN
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 October 1933
  • Fate unknown.


  • Length 38'
  • Beam 8' 3"
  • Draft 2' 9"
  • Speed 17.3 kts.
  • Complement: Three
  • Propulsion: One 6-cylinder 125hp Speedway gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Ahdeek 72k Namesake: Ahdeek derives from a Native American (Chippewa) word for caribou or deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America Joe Radigan
    Photos added 24 April 2020
    Ahdeek 77k Photo from the January 1917 edition of The Rudder magazine
    Ahdeek 55k Hauled out of the water, circa 1916-1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 95898
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Ahdeek-a single-screw wooden-hulled motorboat built in 1916 for H. V. Schieren, at Morris Heights, N.Y., by the Charles L. Seabury and Gas Engine and Power Co.ówas inspected in the 3d Naval District on 7 April 1918 for possible use as an "aeronautic patrol" boat. Ordered taken over on 12 June 1918 and assigned the identification number SP-2589, Ahdeek did not again appear in extant records until 23 June 1919 when a dispatch directed the Commandant, 3d Naval District, to ship her and Estelle (SP-747) to the Culver Naval School, Culver, Ind. The next mention of her came with notice of her name's being struck from the Navy list on 25 October 1933.

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