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Abalone (SP 208)


  • Built in 1913 by the New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 April 1917
  • Commissioned 10 May 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 December 1918 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 33 t.
  • Length 60'
  • Beam 12' 6"
  • Draft 3" 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 65hp 6-cylinder 20th Century gasoline engine , one shaft.
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    Motorboat Abalone
    Abalone 121k Photographed off New York City, with an amusement park in the background, prior to World War I
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99162
    Robert Hurst
    Abalone 103k Photographed off New York City, with an amusement park in the background, prior to World War I Maunsel White
    USS Abalone (SP 208)
    Abalone 64k Photographed in 1917-1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100568
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Abalone wooden-hulled motorboat constructed in 1913 at Morris Heights, N.Y., by the New York Yacht, [Launch] and Engine Co. was acquired by the Navy on 29 April 1917 under a free lease from Arnold Schlaet of New York City and Commissioned on 10 May 1917.

    The sparse direct records of Abalone's day-to-day operations consist merely of a deck log which does not even cover the craft's entire career. From other sources, though, we know that Abalone designated SP-208 was attached to the 3d Naval District local patrol forces and was based at New Haven, Conn. From that port, she performed patrol missions with Squadrons 5 and 20. Following the signing of the armistice, she was detached from this duty on 10 December 1918 and was returned to her previous owner a fortnight later, on Christmas Eve, 1918.

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