Maybe the Boy Scouts of American should lobby the U.S. Navy for a new USS Boy Scout, in time for the BSA centennial.
Readers—help me out here—and identify the three flags flying on the boat. One on the bow, one on the stern, and one up top that is hard to see. I know the one on the stern is a form of the U.S. flag, but I don’t know the nomenclature for maritime flags.
This fast (26.2 mph) craft was ordered delivered to the Navy on 5 May 1917, and became USS Boy Scout (SP-53). She was subsequently sent overseas for “aviation service.” Underway, circa 1916-1917.
Photographed by George N. Harden, Rockland, Maine.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.