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USS Ardent (SP-680)
USS Ardent (SP-680)
USS Ardent (SP-680) in an icy port in southern New England sometime between 1917 and 1919. Behind her is the patrol vessel and minesweeper USS Eugene F. Price (SP-839).
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Name: USS Ardent
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Greenport Basin and Construction Company, Greenport, New York
Completed: 1902
Acquired: 11 June 1917
Commissioned: 15 August 1917
Decommissioned: early 1921
Fate: Sold 16 May 1921[1] or June 1921[2]
Notes: Operated as commercial fishing vessel Ardent 1902-1917
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 106 gross register tons
Displacement: 293 tons
Length: 106 ft 2 in (32.36 m)
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Draft: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 20
Armament: 2 x 1-pounder guns
USS Fulton (AS-1) USS Ardent (SP-680)

The submarine tender USS Fulton (Submarine Tender No. 1) is the large ship in this photograph taken at Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut, during World War I. A motor launch is in the center foreground and USS Ardent (SP-680) is at right.

The first USS Ardent (SP-680) was a United States Navy patrol vessel and minesweeper in commission from 1917 to 1921. Acquired upon the entry of the United States into World War I, the ship served in New England during the war, and was sold back into private ownership in 1921.

Service historyEdit

Ardent was built as a commercial fishing steamer by the Greenport Basin and Construction Company at Greenport on Long Island, New York, in 1902.[1] On 11 June 1917, the U.S. Navy purchased her from Raymond J. Anderson of Newport, Rhode Island,[1] for use as a section patrol boat and minesweeper during World War I.[2] She was commissioned on 15 August 1917 as USS Ardent, with Lieutenant F. P. Betts in command, and was given the hull number SP-680.[1]

Following the purchase of the vessel, Ardent was fitted out as a minesweeper for coastal service. Following her conversion, Ardent was assigned to the Mining Force of the 2nd Naval District in southern New England. Ardent conducted patrol and minesweeping duties, and also was used for tending submarine nets in the Newport and Block Island sections for the duration of her World War I service.[1] In 1919, following the end of the war, Ardent was reassigned to Submarine Base New London at Groton, Connecticut.[2] There the ship was used in work on the development of torpedos for submarine usage, operating in this capacity until 1921.[1]

Early in 1921, Ardent was decommissioned, and put up for sale. Later that year, she was sold to Wigo Rasmussen of Brooklyn, New York, on 16 May 1921[1] or in June 1921.[2]


USS Ardent (SP-680) off New London

USS Ardent (SP-680) off Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut, ca. 1918.

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