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Mystery (SP 2744)


  • Built in 1886 by A. G. Brown, Tottenville, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 August 1918
  • Commissioned 2 September 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register 21 December 1918
  • Returned to her owner 18 January 1919
  • Fate unknown.

    Note: On Mystery's number: USS Mystery carried an "S.P." number painted on her bow. However, as was the case for many higher-numbered Section Patrol vessels, her official data card cites her registry number as "ID No. 2744", rather than "S.P. 2744", as would have been a typical data card citation for lower-numbered vessels.


  • Displacement 212 t.
  • Length 106'
  • Beam 20' 6"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
  • Propulsion: One Vertical boiler, one 180hp Simple steam engine, one shaft.
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    Mystery 116k In port, probably in the New York City area when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 7 May 1918.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99683
    Naval Historical Center
    Mystery 81k Photographed circa 1918.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102045

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The second Mystery (SP-2744), a converted fishing trawler, was built in 1886 by A. G. Brown, Tottenville, N.Y.; chartered by the Navy from Empire Water Co., Inc., of New York City, 18 July 1918; taken over 20 August 1918; and commissioned 2 September 1918.

    Assigned to the 3d Naval District, Mystery served as a support ship for minesweepers operating in the approaches to New York harbor. Following the Armistice, she was returned to her owner
    18 January 1919.

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