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USC&GS Elsie III
ex-USS Elsie III (SP 708)

Elsie III served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast & Geodetic Survey.

Motorboat: Acquired by the Navy 30 June 1917 and placed in service as USS Elsie III (SP 708); Transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 21 April 1919 and commissioned USC&GS Elsie III; Served until 1944.
Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement unknown; Length 52'; Beam 11½"; Draft 4'; Speed unknown; Complement unknown; Armament none; Propulsion gasoline.


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Motorboat Elsie III
Elsie III 142k Photographed prior to her World War I Naval service
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99326
Robert Hurst
USS Elsie III (SP 708)
Elsie III 89k In Lockwood's Basin, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1918, with an old torpedo boat (probably USS Rodgers, Torpedo Boat # 4) alongside USS Moosehead (ID 2047). Elsie III is alongside the pier in left center with Alacrity (SP 206) beyond.
Photographed by Alton M. Blackinton, Boston.
U.S. Navy photo NH 45269
Naval Historical Center
Paloma 107k In Lockwood's Basin, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1918. They are (from left to right): USS Paloma (SP-533); USS Edithena (SP-624); and Elsie III.
Photographed by Alton M. Blackinton, Boston.
U.S. Navy photo NH 45270
Naval Historical Center
Lynx II 116k USS SP-1259 (ex-Grayling) stands out of Lockwood's Basin, Boston, Massachusetts, while on patrol, circa 1918. Elsie III and USS Lynx II (SP-730) are among the patrol boats in the background.
Photographed by Alton M. Blackinton, Boston.
U.S. Navy photo NH 45271
Naval Historical Center
Lynx II 121k Elsie III (outboard), tied up with other patrol boats in Lockwood's Basin, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1918. USS Lynx II (SP-730) is one of the two other patrol boats present.
Photographed by Alton M. Blackinton, Boston.
U.S. Navy photo NH 45276
Naval Historical Center
USC&GS Elsie III
Elsie III 96k c. 1924
Lake Okeechobee, FL
NOAA Website

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Elsie III (SP 708), a motorboat, purchased by the Navy, was placed in service on 30 June 1917 and assigned to the 1st Naval District where she performed dispatch, guard, patrol, towing, and transport duties. On 21 April 1919 she was transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey Bureau.

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