USS Speedway (SP-407)
|Career (United States)|
|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|
|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|
|Armament:||1 x 1-pounder gun
1 x .30-caliber (7.62-mm) machine gun
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.
- The Dictionary of American Naval Fightings Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/s16/speedway.htm and NavSource Online at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/170407.htm both give Speedway's speed in miles per hour, an unusual way to measure the speed of a watercraft. It may be that the boat's speed actually was 16 knots. If 16 miles per hours is correct, the equivalent in knots is 13.9.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Speedway (SP 407)