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Karibou (SP 200)


  • Built in 1911 as Lebanon by the Salisbury Marine Construction Co., Salisbury, MD
  • Renamed Karibou
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Karibou (SP 200), 18 May 1917
  • Decommissioned 5 February 1919 and returned to her owner the same day
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 25 t.
  • Length 65' 6"
  • Beam 12' 5"
  • Draft 4'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 10
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two 40hp 4-cylinder Sterling gasoline engines, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Motorboat Lebanon
    Karibou 152k General arrangement drawing, probably made in about 1913, when she was built by the Salisbury Marine Construction Company of Salisbury, Maryland
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 99479
    Robert Hurst
    Karibou 105k Photographed prior to her World War I era naval service
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 994778
    Robert Hurst
    Karibou 85k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101954
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Karibou, a motor boat, was built by Salisbury Marine Construction Co., of Salisbury, Md., in 1911. The Navy chartered her from her owner, Harwood Spencer, of Ashville, N.C., 17 May 1917; and she commissioned the following day, Boatswain Albert Miller, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Karibou served as an armed guard patrol in the harbors of Norfolk and Newport News. She acted as a mail and dispatch boat along the lower reaches of the James and York Rivers and patrolled Atlantic coastal waters from Norfolk to Virginia beach. Karibou decommissioned 5 February 1919, and was returned to her former owner the same day.

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