Sold 99 years ago today: One pogy boat, slightly used (license not included)
Here we see the 96-foot long section patrol craft USS Vester (SP-686), photographed circa 1917-1919 during The Great War, probably in a Delaware Bay-area port.
Note the two 1-pounder 37mm guns mounted amidships and the sign on the building in the left background, advertising “The Best $3.30 Shoe.”
Built in 1876 as a wooden-hulled menhaden fishing boat, Vester was taken over by the Navy on 24 May 1917 from her owners (the Delaware Fish Oil Co.) and placed in commission on 2 June. She was decommissioned on 15 May 1919 after almost two years in the Navy and sold on 15 January 1920– 99 years ago today.