USS Minneopa (SP-1701)

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Name: USS Minneopa
Namesake: Previous name retained
Completed: 1902
Acquired: 9 October 1917
Fate: Returned to owner 1918
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Minneopa 1902-1917 and from 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Beam: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Draft: 2 ft 7 in (0.79 m)
Speed: 7 knots

USS Minneopa (SP-1701) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in service from 1917 to 1918.

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Minneopa was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1902. On 9 October 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, S. E. Patterson, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was placed in service as USS Minneopa (SP-1701).

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World War I 1914–1918 global war starting in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War, the Great War, the Seminal Catastrophe, and initially in North America as the European War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the resulting 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

Minneopa was returned to Paterson sometime in 1918.

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