USS Paloma (SP-533)
Halftone reproduction of a photograph of Paloma taken prior to her World War I Navy service.
|Namesake:||A former name retained. A Spanish word for dove.|
|Builder:||Murray & Tregurthe, Soouth Boston, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Christened:||as the yacht Paloma|
|Completed:||in 1914 at South Boston, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||17 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||4 May 1917 as USS Paloma (SP-533)|
|Decommissioned:||circa 19 July 1919|
|Struck:||19 July 1919|
|Fate:||sold in July 1919|
|Propulsion:||internal combustion engine|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Complement:||13 crew members|
One 1-pounder |
one AA machine gun
USS Paloma (SP-533) was an 85-foot (26 m) yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as an armed patrol boat and assigned to patrol the waterways near Boston, Massachusetts. She spent two years of the war patrolling for German submarines, and performing other duties, such as escorting larger ships. Post-war, her services were no longer needed, and she was sold.
Built in South Boston
Paloma was built by Murray & Tregurthe, South Boston, Massachusetts. The Navy took her over soon after the U.S. entered World War I and placed her in commission in 4 May 1917. She was formally purchased by the government 17 May 1917.
World War I service
Throughout the "Great War" and for several months after the November 1918 Armistice, she was employed on section patrol duties in the Boston area.
Paloma was struck from the Naval Register and sold 19 July 1919.
- U.S. Navy
- World War I
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- USS Paloma (SP-533), 1917-1919. Previously was the civilian motor boat Paloma (Built 1914)