USS Alacrity (SP-206)

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USS Alacrity (SP-206)
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Alacrity (U.S. Motor Yacht, 1910) Photographed by her builders, Pusey & Jones of Wilmington, Delaware, circa 1910. This craft was leased by the Navy on 28 April 1917 and commissioned on 30 May 1917 as USS Alacrity (SP-206). She was returned to her owner on 28 April 1919.
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Name: USS Alacrity
Builder: Pusey & Jones, Wilmington, Delaware
Laid down: 1910
Launched: 1910
Acquired: 28 April 1917
Commissioned: 30 May 1917
Decommissioned: 28 April 1919
Struck: 28 April 1919
Fate: returned to owner
General characteristics
Displacement: 101 tons
Length: 118 ft 0 in (35.97 m)
Beam: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
Draught: 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) (mean)
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 16
Armament: one 3-pounder, one 1-pounder, 2 machine guns, one depth charge track, (Y gun))

USS Alacrity (SP-206) was an Alacrity -class patrol boat acquired by the U.S. Navy for the task of patrolling American coastal waters during the First World War.

The first vessel to be named Alacrity by the Navy, SP-206—a motorboat constructed in 1910 at Wilmington, Delaware, by Pusey & Jones—was acquired by the Navy on 28 April 1917 under a free lease from Mr. John H. Blodgett and was placed in commission on 30 May 1917 at Boston, Massachusetts, Ens. Courtland W. Babcock, USNRF, in command.

World War I service

Assigned to the 1st Naval District section patrol, Alacrity spent World War I conducting patrols from the Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts, section bases.

Post-war activity and decommissioning

Following the armistice in November 1918, the motorboat continued naval service until she was finally returned to her owner on 28 April 1919, the second anniversary of her acquisition. Her name was struck from the Navy list that same day.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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