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SP-647
ex-California


Motorboat: Built in 1910 at San Francisco, CA for local employment as a pilot boat. Acquired by the Navy in the spring of 1917 and placed in commission as USS California (SP-647). Later renamed SP-647, she served on Section Patrol duties for the rest of World War I and was returned to the San Francisco Bar Pilot's Association in November 1918. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement unknown; Length 58' 2"; Beam unknown; Draft unknown; Speed unknown; Complement unknown; Armament unknown.


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California 115k In port, probably at San Francisco, California, prior to her World War I era Naval service.
U.S. Navy photo NH 83803
Naval Historical Center
California 109k At San Francisco, California, circa 1916.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99532
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: The fourth California (No. 647), motor boat, served in the Navy during 1917-18.

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