From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. I p 56


Arcturus is the principal star of the Constellation Bootes.

(PY: T. 456; 1. 177'6'' ; b. 26'3'' ; dr. 10' ; s. 12k.; cpl. 67; a. 2 3'')

The first Arcturus (SP-593), an armed yacht, was built in 1912 by Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington, Del., as Cristina (later renamed Artemis) ; purchased by the Navy 7 August 1917 ; and commissioned as Artemis 17 October 1917, Lieutenant Commander S. L. H. Hazard in command. Artemis was renamed Arcturus 20 February 1918.

Assigned to the Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet, she sailed from New York 30 November 1917, arriving at Gibraltar 26 December. She spent the remainder of World War I on patrol out of Gibraltar. Returning to the United States early in 1919, Arcturus reported to the 3rd Naval District, Base Reserve Squadron, at New London, Conn. In March she steamed to New York, where on 5 May she was decommissioned She was transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey the following day. The Coast Survey returned her 15 January 1920 and she was sold 4 October 1929.