|USS Thistle (SP-1058)|
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company, Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York|
|Acquired:||17 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||26 December 1917|
|Fate:||Ordered returned to owner 6 July 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Thistle 1907-1917 and from 1918|
|Tonnage:||41 gross tons|
|Length:||70 ft (21 m)|
|Beam:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft 0 in (1.22 m) aft|
|Speed:||13 miles per hour|
1 x 3-pounder gun|
1 x 1-pounder gun
Thistle was built as a private wooden-hulled motorboat of the same name in 1907 by the New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York. On 17 August 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, William Emmerich of New York City, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Thistle (SP-1058) on 26 December 1917.
Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, Thistle patrolled the coast and harbors between New London, Connecticut, and Barnegat, New Jersey.
Ultimately, Thistle was found to be unsuitable for naval service. On 6 July 1918, the Commandant, 3rd Naval District, ordered her to be returned to Emmerich.
- ↑ The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/t4/thistle-ii.htm and NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Thistle (SP 1058) give Thistle's speed as 13 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 13 knots. If 13 statute miles per hour is accurate, the equivalent in knots is 11.3.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- SP-1058 Thistle 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-1000 through SP-1099
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Thistle (SP 1058)
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|