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Abalone (SP 208)


Motorboat:

  • Built in 1913 by the New York Launch and Engine Building Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 27 April 1917
  • Commissioned 10 May 1917
  • Returned to her owner 24 December 1918
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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 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 Launch and Engine Building Co. was acquired by the Navy on 27 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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