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USS Tech Jr. (SP-1761)
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Name: USS Tech Jr.
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Adolph Apel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Completed: 1912
Acquired: 30 August 1917
Commissioned: 1917
Struck: 27 November 1917
Fate: Returned to owner 27 November 1917
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Tech Jr. 1912-1917 and from late 1917
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Beam: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Draft: 2 ft 6 in (0.76 m) aft
Speed: 30.4 knots

USS Tech Jr. (SP-1761), sometimes written as ID-1761,[1] was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission during the latter half of 1917.

Tech Jr. was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1912 by Adolph Apel at Atlantic City, New Jersey. On 30 August 1917, the U.S. Navy leased her from her owners, L. & T. Prettyman of Cambridge, Maryland, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Tech Jr. (SP-1761).

Assigned to the 5th Naval District, Tech Jr. apparently was unsatisfactory for naval service and served on patrol duties there only briefly. She was returned to her owners on 27 November 1917 and stricken from the Navy List simultaneously .


  1. The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships gives Tech Jr.'s naval registry number as the simple identification (ID) number 1761, but SP-1761 Tech Jr.Department of the Navy Naval History andHeritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships -- Listed by Hull Number: "SP" #s and "ID" #s -- World War I Era Patrol Vessels and other Acquired Ships and Craft numbered from ID # 1700 through ID # 1799 updates and corrects this by giving it as the section patrol (SP) number SP-1761. NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Tech Jr. (SP 1761) concurs that the proper number is SP-1761.


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