USS Venture (SP-616)

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Ordered: as Shadow
Laid down: 1916
Launched: 1916
Acquired: 28 April 1917
Commissioned: 28 April 1917
Decommissioned: 5 February 1919
Struck: date unknown
Homeport: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Fate: returned to her owner at war’s end
General characteristics
Displacement: 48 tons (gross)
Length: 80 ft 0 in (24.38 m)
Beam: 13 ft 0 in (3.96 m)
Draught: 4 ft 0 in (1.22 m)
Speed: varied
Complement: 14
Armament: one three-pounder and
one one-pounder

USS Venture (SP-616) was an Venture-class patrol boat acquired by the U.S. Navy for the task of patrolling the coastal waters of the New England coast during World War I. Her primary task was to guard the coastal area against German submarines.

The first ship to be named Venture by the Navy, SP-616 -- a wooden-hulled, screw steam yacht designed by F. D. Lawley and completed as Shadow in 1916 at South Boston, Massachusetts, by George Lawley and Sons Corp. -- was acquired by the Navy under free lease from Mrs. Sarah L. Silsbee of Isleboro Island, Maine, on 28 April 1917 and commissioned the same day, Chief Boatswain's Mate Zidon C. Long, USNRF, in command.

World War I service

Attached to the 5th Section, 1st Naval District, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Venture operated out of the Portsmouth Navy Yard through the end of World War I, conducting security patrols and performing dispatch duties.

End-of-war decommissioning

Following the armistice, she was decommissioned on 5 February 1919 and returned to her owner.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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