USS Spray II (SP-308)

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Name: USS Spray II (proposed)
Namesake: Previous name retained (proposed)
Builder: Charles L. Seabury and Company, Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York
Completed: 1911
Acquired: Never
Struck: Late 1918
Fate: Never taken over for U.S. Navy service
Notes: Served as civilian motorboat Spray II
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel (proposed)
Tonnage: 41 tons
Length: 65 ft 0 in (19.81 m)
Beam: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Draft: 4 ft 0 in (1.22 m) mean
Speed: 8.6 knots
Complement: 5 (proposed)
Armament:

USS Spray II (SP-308) was the proposed name and designation for a United States Navy World War I patrol vessel that the Navy never actually took over.

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World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great 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 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

Spray II was built as a wooden-hulled civilian launch in 1911 by Charles L. Seabury and Company at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York. On 9 May 1917, she was ordered delivered to the U.S. Navy for World War I section patrol duty, but the Navy never actually took control of her and she remained in civilian hands.

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Spray II was stricken from the Navy List in late 1918.

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Spray II should not be confused with USS Spray (ID-2491), a naval trawler and minesweeper in commission from 1918 to 1919.

USS <i>Spray</i> (ID-2491)

USS Spray (ID-2491) was a United States Navy trawler which served as a minesweeper and was in commission from 1918 to 1919.

Naval trawler vessel built along the lines of a fishing trawler but fitted out for naval purposes

A naval trawler is a vessel built along the lines of a fishing trawler but fitted out for naval purposes. Naval trawlers were widely used during the First and Second World Wars. Fishing trawlers were particularly suited for many naval requirements because they were robust boats designed to work heavy trawls in all types of weather and had large clear working decks. One could create a mine sweeper simply by replacing the trawl with a mine sweep. Adding depth charge racks on the deck, ASDIC below, and a 3-inch (76 mm) or 4-inch (102 mm) gun in the bow equipped the trawler for anti-submarine duties.

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