USS Hiawatha (SP-183)
USS Hiawatha in the Norfolk, Virginia, area in 1917-1918. Patrol vessel USS Inca (SP-1212) is at left, bearing the Naval Aviation star insignia.
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|Namesake:||Hiawatha, a leader of the Onondaga and Mohawk nations of Native Americans and a fictional character in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Song of Hiawatha"|
|Builder:||George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, Massachusetts|
|Commissioned:||10 May 1917|
Loaned to Maryland State Conservation Commission 11 December 1919-16 March 1920|
Sold to U.S. Department of Agriculture 1 October 1920
|Notes:||Operated as civilian yacht Donaire 1914-1917|
|Length:||98 ft (30 m)|
|Beam:||17 ft (5.2 m)|
|Draft:||5 ft (1.5 m)|
1 x 3-pounder gun|
1 x 1-pounder gun
Hiawatha was built as the civilian steam yacht Donaire in 1914 by George Lawley and Sons of Neponset, Massachusetts. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, A. W. Stanley of Miami, Florida, for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Hiawatha (SP-183) at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, on 10 May 1917.
Assigned to the 5th Naval District, Hiawatha operated in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and vicinity as a patrol craft and dispatch boat during the World War I. From August to December 1918, she was one of two U.S. Navy ships in service simultaneously as USS Hiawatha, the other being the tug USS Hiawatha (ID-2892).
On 1 October 1920, the Navy sold Hiawatha to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which took her to the Territory of Alaska for use in the administration of National Forests there by the United States Forest Service.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Hiawatha (SP-183), 1917-1920
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Hiawatha (SP 183)