From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


A bird, identified with the kingfisher, fabled by the ancients to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation; hence, calm and peaceful.

(SP - 518: dp. 275; l. 61'; b. 12'4"; s. 11 k.)

The first Halcyon was built for the Bureau of Fisheries in 1916 by Marine Construction Co., Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She was transferred to the Navy and commissioned 14 May 1917 at Boston.

Assigned to section patrol in the 1st Naval District, Halcyon performed harbor patrol duties until decommissioning 24 June 1919. She was subsequently struck from the Navy List 31 July 1919 and returned to the Bureau of Fisheries.

Transcribed by Yves HUBERT (