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Althea (SP 218)


Motorboat: Built in 1907 by the William Whitlesey Co., Steinway, Long Island, NY; Acquired by the Navy, 15 June 1917; Commissioned, 12 May 1917; Struck from the Navy Register, 2 August 1919; Sunk, 18 March 1920; Sold to G. F. Colton of Detroit, MI for salvage 12 May 1920; Rigged to carry freight; Abandoned in 1926.

Specifications: Displacement 25 t. (gross); Length 60'; Beam 12'; Draft 4' (aft); Speed 9 mph; Complement nine; Armament one 3-pounder and two
machine guns.


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Althea 94k At anchor, probably in the Great Lakes area, prior to World War I.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99299
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

Althea - A shrub of the mallow family; the rose of sharon; a hollyhock.

The second Althea (SP-218)--a motorboat constructed in 1907 at Steinway (Long Island), N.Y., by the William Whitlesey Co.--was formally purchased by the Navy on 15 June 1917 from Mr. James H. Moore more than a month after she had been taken over and commissioned on 12 May 1917, Ens. E. L. Anderson, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the section patrol in the 9th Naval District, she conducted operations from her base at Detroit, Mich. Laid up for the winter on 14 November 1917, Althea returned to duty in May 1918. On 2 August 1919, her name was struck from the Navy list, and she was laid up at the Naval Training Station Detroit. There, she remained awaiting sale until 18 March 1920 when she sank as a result of ice. The motorboat, still under water, was sold for salvage on 12 May 1920.


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