USS Buck (SP-1355)
USS Buck (SP-1355), later USS SP-1355, during World War I.
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Buck (September 1917-April 1918)
USS SP-1355 (Apeil 1918-late 1918)
|Namesake:||As Buck, her previous name retained
As SP-1355, her section patrol number
|Acquired:||24 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||13 September 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 24 September 1918 or 27 November 1918|
|Length:||33 ft 6 in (10.2 m)|
|Beam:||7 ft 6 in (2.3 m)|
|Draft:||1 ft 6 in (0.46 m) (aft)|
|Speed:||15 miles per hour|
Buck was built as a civilian motorboat in 1911. On 24 August 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her under a free lease from the Conservation Commission of Maryland. She was used during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Buck (SP-1355) on 13 September 1917.
- The Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command (at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-b/sp1355.htm) and NavSource Online (at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/171355.htm) both claim the date was 27 November 1918, but the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b10/buck-i.htm)states that conflicting records exist and that either date is possible.
- The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b10/buck-i.htm) gives the boat's speed as 15 miles per hour. It is unusual to calibrate a watercraft's speed in miles per hour rather than knots. It is possible that her speed was 15 knots; if 15 miles per hour is accurate, the equivalent in knots is 13.
- The Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command and NavSource Online both claim the date was 27 November 1918, but the entry at Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships states that conflicting records exist and that either date is possible.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Buck (SP-1355), 1917-1918. Renamed SP-1355 in 1918
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Buck (SP 1355)