USS Pomander (SP-702)

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USS Pomander (SP-702) operating probably in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts, ca. summer 1917.
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Name: USS Pomander
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: George Lawley & Son, Neponset, Massachusetts
Completed: 1916
Acquired: 29 May 1917
Commissioned: 1917
Fate: Returned to owners 5 July 1918
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Pomander 1916-1917 and from 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 43 ft (13 m)
Beam: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Draft: 2 ft 5 in (0.74 m)
Speed: 18 knots
Armament: 1 × machine gun

USS Pomander (SP-702) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918.

United States Navy Naval warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, and two new carriers under construction. With 319,421 personnel on active duty and 99,616 in the Ready Reserve, the Navy is the third largest of the service branches. It has 282 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of March 2018, making it the second-largest air force in the world, after the United States Air Force.

Pomander was built in 1916 as a private motorboat of the same name by George Lawley & Son at Neponset, Massachusetts. On 29 May 1917, the U.S. Navy chartered her from Bertram B. Conrad of Wareham, Massachusetts, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She soon was commissioned as USS Pomander (SP-702).

Motorboat boat which is powered by an engine

A motorboat, speedboat, or powerboat is a boat which is powered by an engine. Some motorboats are fitted with inboard engines, others have an outboard motor installed on the rear, containing the internal combustion engine, the gearbox and the propeller in one portable unit.

George Lawley & Son

George Lawley & Son was a shipbuilding firm operating in Massachusetts from 1866 to 1945. It began in Scituate, then moved to Boston. After founder George Lawley (1823–1915) retired in 1890, his son, grandson and great-grandson upheld the business, which continued until 1945. Of the hundreds of ships built by the Lawleys, highlights include the yachts Puritan and Mayflower, respective winners of the 1885 and 1886 America's Cup.

Massachusetts State of the United States of America

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of Massachusetts's population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.

Assigned to the 2nd Naval District in southern New England, Pomander carried out patrol duties for a time but eventually was deemed unfit for naval service and was returned to Lorenzo E. Anderson and Breckinridge Jones on 5 July 1918. [1]

New England Region of the United States

New England is a geographical and cultural region composed of six states of the northeastern United States: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. It is bordered by the state of New York to the west and by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and north, respectively. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east and southeast, and Long Island Sound is to the south. Boston is New England's largest city as well as the capital of Massachusetts. The largest metropolitan area is Greater Boston with nearly a third of the entire region's population, which also includes Worcester, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Providence, Rhode Island.

Notes

  1. The Dictionary of American Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/p9/pomander.htm states that Pomander was chartered from Bertram B. Conrad but "returned" to Lorenzo E. Anderson and Breckinridge Jones, without further explanation. It is unclear why she was chartered from Conrad but "returned" to someone else.

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<i>Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships</i> book

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