USS Satellite (SP-1012)

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USS Satellite (yacht)
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Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1887 at Brooklyn, New York
Acquired: 9 July 1917
Commissioned: 7 September 1917
Out of service: 6 April 1918
Struck: 30 March 1920
Homeport: Key West, Florida
Fate: scrapped
General characteristics
Displacement: 27 long tons (27 metric tons)
Length: 87'
Beam: 12' 3"
Draft: 5' 7½ " (mean)
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: crew of 9
Armament: two one-pounder guns

USS Satellite (SP-1012) was a yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy for use as a training ship during World War I. She operated out of Key West, Florida, and was scrapped at war’s end.

World War I service

Soon after the United States entered World War I, Satellite, a wooden yacht, built during 1887 by John F. Mumm at Brooklyn, New York, was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve for Navy service. She was delivered to the Navy on 9 July 1917 by her owner, E. L. Sanborn of New York City, and commissioned on 7 September 1917, BMC (Chief Boatswain's Mate) Thomas E. Roberts in command.

Assigned to local duty within the 7th Naval District, Satellite was based at Key West, Florida, during her World War I service. She trained crews of new submarine chasers about to be commissioned, by a vigorous schedule of seamanship drills and gunnery exercises, until inactivated about 6 April 1918 for overhaul.

Post-war deactivation

Not returned to full service because of boiler trouble, Satellite was struck from the Navy list on 30 March 1920 and subsequently sold for scrapping.


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