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Lady Betty (SP 661)


Motor Boat: Built in 1913 as Chatana by the Mathews Boat Co., Port Clinton, OH; Chartered by the Navy, 28 May 1917; Commissioned Lady Betty (SP 661), 25 June 1917 at Newport, RI; Decommissioned, 25 November 1918; Returned to her owner, 9 December 1918 and renamed Chatana. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 16 t.; Length 48'; Beam 10' 3"; Draft 3'; Speed 10 kts.; Complement six; Armament one .30 cal. machine gun.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Lady Betty (SP-661), a motorboat, was built as Chatana in 1913 by Mathews Boat Co., Port Clinton, Ohio; chartered by the Navy 28 May 1917 from her owner, Frank S. Washburn, Jr., Rye, N.Y.; taken over at Newport, R.I., 11 June; and commissioned 25 June, Coxswain F. L. Washburn, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 2d Naval District, Newport, she served as a section patrol boat in Newport Harbor and along the coast of Narragansett Bay. After the Armistice, Lady Betty decommissioned 25 November 1918 and, upon being returned to her former owner 9 December, resumed her former name.


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