From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
One who protects or defends.
(YP - 2384: t. 17; l. 48'8"; b. 10'0"; dr. 5'0"; s. 14 k.; cpl. 7; a. none)
Floyd Hurst (YP-2384), a wooden motor launch built by the Norfolk Navy Yard in 1902, was purchased by the Navy 27 February 1918 at Norfolk from T. C. Hurst of that city and immediately placed in service as a patrol and dispatch boat between the Washington Navy Yard and the naval base at Indian Head, Md. She continued this duty throughout her naval service and was renamed Guard 7 January 1921. Guard was sold to P. M. Anderson of Washington, D.C., 5 August 1921.
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