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Katherine K. (SP 220)


  • Built in 1894 as Nameless by M. D. Battomer, Baltimore, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 July 1917 and commissioned USS Katherine K. the same day
  • Destroyed in a hurricane 10 September 1919 at Key West, FL and struck from the Naval Register.


  • Displacement 4.2 t.
  • Length 55'
  • Beam 12' 4"
  • Draft 3' 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement: Seven
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One 65hp 2-cylinder White and Middleton gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Tug Katherine K.
    Katherine K. 145k Underway in Florida waters prior to her World War I service
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99480
    Robert Hurst
    USS Katherine K. (SP 220)
    Katherine K. 60k Photographed during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101955
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Katherine K. (SP-220), a motor boat, was built in 1894 by M. D. Battomer of Baltimore, Md., and acquired from Samuel H. Freas of Miami, Fla., 9 June 1917. Enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 16 June, she was delivered to Key West 10 July and commissioned 7 September, Machinist's Mate Second Class T. M. Lett, Jr., USNRF, in command.

    Assigned as a section patrol ship to the 7th Naval District, Katherine K. patrolled the waters in and around Key West and served as a harbor and target towing tug. She was ordered transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard 17 March 1919; but on 21 May she was placed on the list of ships for sale. Katherine K. was sold to Eugene E. Bates of Key West. However, before delivery, she was swept away in a hurricane 9 to 10 September.

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