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USS Cigarette (SP-1234)
USS Cigarette (SP-1234)
USS Cigarette (SP-1234) at Essex, Connecticut, ca. summer 1917.
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Name: USS Cigarette
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: George Lawley & Son, Neponset, Massachusetts
Completed: 1905
Acquired: 17 September 1917
Commissioned: 19 September 1917
Decommissioned: July 1919
Fate: Sold 29 October 1920
Scrapped 1930
Notes: Operated as private yacht Cigarette 1905-1917 and as private yacht Pocantico 1920-1930
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 125 ft 4 in (38.20 m)
Beam: 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)
Draft: 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m)
Propulsion: Steam: two triple expansion engines, two shafts
Speed: 22 knots
Complement: 21
Armament: 1 x 1-pounder guns

USS Cigarette (SP-1234) was a patrol vessel that served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919.

USS Cigarette (SP-1234 starboard quarter view)

A view of USS Cigarette, probably at Essex, Connecticut, from her starboard quarter, ca. summer 1917.

Cigarette was built as a fast, private steam yacht of the same name in 1905 by George Lawley & Son at Neponset, Massachusetts, for C. A. Wood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She appears to have entered U.S. Navy service by as early as mid-June 1917, but on 17 September 1917, the Navy officially purchased her from her owner for use as a patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Cigarette (SP-1234) on 19 September 1917 with Chief Boatswain J. A. Conway in command.

Assigned to the 1st Naval District, Cigarette served on section patrol duties in northern New England for the remainder of World War I, performing patrol duty off Boston, Massachusetts; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Bar Harbor, Maine. She also carried out patrols at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, probably in 1919.

Cigarette was decommissioned in July 1919 and sold on 29 October 1920. Renamed Pocantico by her new owner, she once again became a private yacht. She was scrapped in 1930.

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