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USS Terrier (SP-960)
Motorboat Terrier
Terrier as a private motorboat just after her completion in 1917, probably in the vicinity of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Name: USS Terrier
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Great Lakes Boat Building Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Completed: 1917
Acquired: Officially 19 July 1917
Commissioned: 1 June 1917
Struck: 10 March 1919
Fate: Returned to owner 10 March 1919
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Terrier 1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 40 ft (12 m)
Beam: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Draft: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) forward
Speed: 22 miles per hour[1]
Complement: 9
Armament: 1 x 1-pounder gun
1 x machine gun

The second USS Terrier (SP-960) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919.

Terrier was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1917 for Paul Armstrong of Chicago, Illinois, by the Great Lakes Boat Building Corporation at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Armstrong had her built to a design intended specifically for naval patrol work in connection with the Preparedness Movement, and turned her over to the Navy in 1917 for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned on 1 June 1917 as USS Terrier (SP-960), although her formal acquisition from Armstrong did not take place until 19 July 1917.

Assigned to the 9th Naval District, Terrier patrolled Lake Michigan for the rest of World War I.

Terrier was stricken from the Navy List on 10 March 1919 and returned to Armstrong the same day.

NotesEdit

  1. The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t4/terrier-ii.htm and NavSource Online at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/170960.htm give Terrier's speed as 22 miles per hour, implying statute miles per hour, an unusual unit of measure for the speed of a watercraft. It is possible that her speed actually was 22 knots. If 22 statute miles per hour is accurate, the equivalent in knots is 19.

ReferencesEdit

Motorboat Terrier stern view

Terrier as a private motorboat just after her completion in 1917, probably in the vicinity of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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