USS Arcturus (SP-182)

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USS Arcturus (SP-182) in an icy port, circa 1917-1919.
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Name: USS Arcturus
Namesake: The principal star of the northern constellation Boötes with a magnitude of .2 and located 36 light years distant from the Earth.
Builder: Gas Engine and Power Co. and the Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, New York
Laid down: date unknown
Completed: 1911
Acquired: by the Navy 25 May 1917
Commissioned: 18 August 1917 as Arcturus (SP-182)
Decommissioned: 7 May 1919
Renamed: USS SP-182 in 1918
Struck: circa 1919
Homeport: 3rd Naval District, at New York City
Fate: sold 4 October 1919
General characteristics
Class and type: Yacht
Tonnage: 78 tons
Length: 90'
Beam: 16' 6"
Draft: 4' 9"
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 16 officers and enlisted
Armament: One 3-pounder gun
Two machine guns

USS Arcturus (SP-182) was a yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was reconfigured by the Navy as an armed patrol craft, and was assigned to patrol the waterways of New York City.

Yacht built in New York

Arcturus (SP-182) -- a wooden-hulled yacht built in 1911 by the Gas Engine & Power Co. and the Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, New York -- was purchased by the Navy from Martin L. Quinn of New York City on 25 May 1917; and placed in commission on 18 August 1917.

World War I service

For her whole career, Arcturus was assigned to the section patrol duty in the 3d Naval District. headquartered at New York City.

Post-war decommissioning

She was decommissioned on 7 May 1919 and sold on 4 October 1919 to Reinhard Hall, Brooklyn, New York.