From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
(Str: dp. 293; 1. 10612"; b. 22'; dr. 5'6"; S. 10 k.; cpl. 20; a. 2 1-pdrs.)
Ardent (SP-680) - a fishing steamer built in 1902 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co. - was purchased by the Navy on 11 June 1917 from Raymond J. Anderson, Newport R.I.; and commissioned on 15 August 1917, Lt. F. P. Betts in command.
Ardent was fitted out as a minesweeper and assigned to the Mining Force, 2d Naval District. She carried out minesweeping duties and tended nets in the Newport, R. I., and Block Island sections throughout the remainder of World War I. In 1919, the ship was stationed at the submarine base in New London, Conn. where she became involved in torpedo work and worked at that task until early 1921, when she was decommissioned. The ship
was sold on 16 May 1921 to Mr. Wigo Rasmussen, Brooklyn, N.Y.