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St. Sebastian (SP 470)

Motor Boat: Built by Capt. R. D. Hardee, St. Sebastian, FL; Acquired by the Navy, 25 June 1917; Commissioned, 9 August 1917; Beat to pieces by a hurricane, 9 September 1919 at Key West, FL; Struck from the Naval Register, 4 October 1919.

Specifications: Displacement unknown; Length 50'; Beam 12' 4"; Draft 3' 6"; Speed 10 kts.; Complement 6; Armament one 1-pounder and one machine gun.

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St. Sebastian 52k Moored in port, circa 1917-1919. The Herreshoff-type patrol boat in the left background appears to be USS War Bug (SP-1795).
USN Photo NH 102172
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: St. Sebastian (SP-470), a wooden motorboat built by Capt. R. D. Hardee, St. Sebastian, Fla., was acquired by the Navy from J. W. Taylor, Marathon, Fla., on 25 June 1917 and commissioned on 9 August 1917.

St. Sebastian was used by the Navy as a scout patrol boat in waters off Florida until 9 September 1919. On that date, while she was anchored in the North Beach Basin at Key West, Fla., a hurricane battered St. Sebastian and several other vessels against the wall of the basin and beat her to pieces. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 4 October 1919.

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