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Lady Betty (SP 661)


  • Built in 1913 as Chatana by the Matthews Boat Co., Port Clinton, OH
  • Chartered by the Navy 28 May 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 11 June 1917
  • Commissioned Lady Betty (SP 661), 25 June 1917 at Newport, RI
  • Decommissioned 25 November 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register, returned to her owner 9 December 1918 and renamed Chatana
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 16 t.
  • Length 48'
  • Beam 10' 6"
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement: Six
  • Armament: One .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 35hp 4-cylinder Sterling gasoline engine, one shaft.
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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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