USS Speedway

Career (United States)
Name: USS Speedway
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Gas Engine & Power Company and Charles L. Seabury Company, Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York
Acquired: 2 May 1917
Commissioned: 3 May 1917
Fate: 14 February 1919
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Speedway until 1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 15 gross register tons
Length: 52 ft (16 m)
Beam: 11 ft 3 in (3.43 m)
Draft: 3 ft (0.91 m) aft
Speed: 16 miles per hour[1]
Armament: 1 x 1-pounder gun
1 x .30-caliber (7.62-mm) machine gun

USS Speedway (SP-407) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919.

Speedway was built as a private motorboat of the same name by the Gas Engine & Power Company and the Charles L. Seabury Company at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York. On 2 May 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her under a free lease from her owner, W. Blair of New York City, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Speedway (SP-407) on 3 May 1917.

Speedway served on patrol duties along the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States through the end of World War I. The Navy returned her to her owner on 14 February 1919.



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  • NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Speedway (SP 407)
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