|USS Tern (SP-871)|
|Career (United States)|
USS Tern (1917-1918)|
USS SP-871 (1918)
Tern was her previous name retained|
SP-871 was her section patrol number
|Builder:||Murray and Tregurtha, South Boston, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||28 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||28 May 1917|
|Renamed:||SP-871 in 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 21 November 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Tern 1907-1917 and from 1919|
|Tonnage:||17 or 18 gross tons|
|Length:||53 ft (16 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Draft:||2 ft 9 in (0.84 m)|
1 x 1-pounder gun|
1 x machine gun
Tern was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1907 by Murray and Tregurtha at South Boston, Massachusetts. On 28 May 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, E. F. Nail of Atlantic City, New Jersey, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned the same day as USS Tern (SP-871).
Assigned to the 4th Naval District, Tern operated on patrol duty for the rest of World War I. She was renamed USS SP-871 in 1918, presumably to avoid confusion with the new minesweeper USS Tern (Minesweeper No. 31), then under construction.
SP-871 was returned to Nail on 21 November 1918.
- ↑ SP-871 Tern at Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage 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 SP-800 through SP-899.
- ↑ Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t3/tern-i.htm
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- SP-871 Tern at Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage 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 SP-800 through SP-899
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive SP-871 ex-Tern (SP 871)
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