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USS Aurore II (SP-460)
USS Aurore II (SP-460)
USS SP-460, ex-USS Aurore II (SP-460), in port ca. 1918
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Name: USS Aurore II (1917–1918)
USS SP-460 (1918–1919)
Namesake: Aurore II was her previous name retained
SP-460 was her section patrol number
Builder: Luders Marine Construction Company, Stamford, Connecticut
Completed: 1916
Acquired: 10 August 1917
Commissioned: 1 October 1917
Decommissioned: 12 August 1919
Fate: Sold 24 September 1919
Notes: Operated as private yacht Aurore II 1916-1917
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 85 gross register tons
Length: 96 ft 3 in (29.34 m)
Beam: 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)
Draft: 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m) mean
Propulsion: Steam engine[1] or gasoline engine,[2] two shafts
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 16
Armament: 1 x 3-pounder gun>br/>1 x 1-pounder gun
3 x machine guns

USS Aurore II (SP-460) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919.

Motorboat Aurore II

Aurore II in private use in 1916 or 1917.

Aurore II was built as a private steam[3] yacht or motorboat[4] of the same name in 1916 by the Luders Marine Construction Company at Stamford, Connecticut. On 10 August 1917, the U.S. Navy purchased Aurore II from Stuart Wyeth of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as USS Aurore II (SP-460) on 1 October 1917.

Assigned to the 4th Naval District, Aurore II—renamed USS SP-460 in April 1918—operated in the Delaware River estuary and in coastal waters in the Delaware Capes area for the remainder of World War I and into 1919. She carried out patrol duties, served as a dispatch boat, and transported passengers. SP-460 was decommissioned on 12 August 1919 and sold on 24 September 1919 to Mr. J. A. Branden of New York City.

NotesEdit

  1. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/a14/aurore_ii.htm and NavSource Online at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/170460.htm.
  2. Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-a/sp460.htm.
  3. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/a14/aurore_ii.htm and NavSource Online at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/170460.htm.
  4. Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-a/sp460.htm.

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