USS Dorchester (SP-1509)
USS Dorchester with a motorboat alongside during World War I, probably in the Chesapeake Bay area.
|Career (United States)||100x35px|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Acquired:||24 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||24 August 1917|
|Decommissioned:||26 November 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 26 November 1918|
|Length:||50 ft (15 m)|
Dorchester was a Chesapeake Bay "Bugeye"-type schooner built in 1893. The U.S. Navy acquired her from the Conservation Commission of Maryland on 24 August 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned the same day as USS Dorchester (SP-1509).
The Navy decommissioned Dorchester on 26 November 1918 and returned her to the Conservation Commission the same day.
- 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 Dorchester (ID # 1509), 1917-1918
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Dorchester (SP 1509)