|USS Bonita (SP-540)|
USS Bonita (SP-540) ca. June 1917.
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Holmes Motor Company, Mystic, Connecticut|
|Acquired:||17 May 1917|
|Struck:||18 December 1918|
|Fate:||Sunk in collision 26 November 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as private pleasure craft Bonita until 1917|
|Length:||46 ft (14 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) forward|
|Speed:||12 miles per hour|
1 x 1-pounder gun|
1 x machine gun
Bonita was built as a private pleasure craft by the Holmes Motor Company at Mystic, Connecticut. On 17 May 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, Mr. Robert Windsor of Boston, Massachusetts, for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Bonita (SP-540) soon thereafter. Assigned to the 1st Naval District, Bonita operated on patrol duties in Boston Harbor for the rest of World War I. Before dawn on 26 November 1918, Bonita collided with the fishing schooner Russell and sank. Repeated efforts to locate Bonita's wreck proved unsuccessful, and she was stricken from the Navy List on 18 December 1918.
- ↑ The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b8/bonita-ii.htm gives Bonita's speed as 12 miles per hour, implying statute miles per hour, an usual unit of measure for the speed of a watercraft. It is possible that her speed actually was 12 knots. If 12 statute miles per hour is accurate, the equivalent in knots is 10.4.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Bonita (SP-540), 1917-1918
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Bonita (SP 540)
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