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USS Acoma (SP-1228)
USS Acoma World War I.jpg
Acoma (American Motor Boat, 1917) underway, prior to her World War I Navy service.
Career (USA)
Name: USS Acoma
Namesake: An Indian tribe of the Keresan family native to Valencia County, New Mexico.
Owner: Theodore D. Partridge of New York City
Builder: Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, New York
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1917
Christened: Originally designated Hull No. 2571
Completed: 1917 at Morris Heights, New York
Acquired: leased by the Navy 25 September 1917
Commissioned: 18 October as USS Acoma (SP-1228)
Decommissioned: circa 25 November 1918
Struck: circa 25 November 1918
Homeport: Newport, Rhode Island
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Fate: returned to her owner on 25 November 1918.
General characteristics
Type: Motorboat
Displacement: 13.45 tons
Length: 60'
Beam: 11' 8"
Draft: 2' 11"
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 25 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: One 1-pounder gun
One AA machine gun

The first USS Acoma (SP-1228) was a relatively fast motorboat for the time—capable of running at 25 knots – that was leased from its owner by the United States Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as an armed patrol craft and assigned to patrol the waterways of Newport, Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts. She was returned to her owner at war’s end.

Built in New York[edit | edit source]

Acoma (SP-1228), a section patrol motor boat, was built in 1917 by the Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, New York; acquired by the Navy on a free lease from Theodore D. Partridge of New York City on 25 September 1917; and commissioned on 18 October 1917, Chief Boatswain's Mate Clarence E. Sterrett in command.

World War I service[edit | edit source]

Acoma was assigned to the 2d Naval District throughout her naval career. After patrolling in the vicinity of Newport, Rhode Island, she was transferred in November 1917 to the area of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The boat served there through the end of World War I.

Decommissioning[edit | edit source]

Following the armistice, Acoma was returned to her owner on 25 November 1918.

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