USS Halcyon II (SP-582)
USS SP-582 (1917-1919, ex-Halcyon II) photographed circa 1918-19 at Wakefield, Massachusetts.
|Name:||USS Halcyon II|
|Namesake:||A former name retained|
|Builder:||Charles Seabury Gas Engine and Power Co., Morris Heights, New York|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Christened:||as the yacht Halcyon II|
|Commissioned:||15 December 1917 as USS Halcyon II (SP 582) at the Boston Navy Yard|
|Out of service:||4 June 1919 after collision|
|Renamed:||USS SP-582 in 1918|
|Struck:||31 July 1919|
|Fate:||Sold 4 December 1919 to her former owner.|
|Armament:||two 3-pounder guns|
USS Halcyon II (SP-582) was a yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as an armed patrol craft and stationed in Boston harbor in Massachusetts. She spent much of the war patrolling the Massachusetts waterways for German submarines and, in 1919, was decommissioned after being damaged in a collision.
Commissioned at Boston
Halcyon II, a 161-ton steam yacht, was built by Charles Seabury Gas Engine & Power Co. of Morris Heights, New York, in 1907, and was purchased by the Navy in August 1917 from her owner, D. W. Flint of Providence, Rhode Island. She commissioned 15 December 1917 at Boston Navy Yard, Ensign C. P. Jameson, USNRF, in command.
World War I service
After fitting out, Halcyon II was employed as a section and harbor patrol boat in Boston Harbor through the rest of World War I and into the first year of peace. She performed this service until 4 June 1919 when she was rammed and seriously damaged by steamer Bayou Teohe.
Decommissioning and disposal
Determined by the Navy to be unserviceable, she was struck from the Navy List 31 July 1919 and sold to her former owner 4 December 1919.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- USS Halcyon II (SP-582), 1917-1919 Originally named Halcyon; later renamed SP-582
- NavSource Online: SP-582 - ex-Halcyon II (SP-582)