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Elfrida (SP 988)

Call sign (1927):
King - George - Jig - Hypo

Elfrida served the U. S. Navy and the Connecticut, New Jersey and North Carolina Naval Militias

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1889 by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE for Dr. William Seward Webb of Shelburne, VT
  • Launched 13 April 1889
  • Acquired by the Navy 15 June 1898
  • Commissioned USS Elfrida 30 June 1898
  • Decommissioned 14 September 1898
  • Recommissioned 29 April 1899 and loaned to the Connecticut Naval Militia
  • Transferred to the New Jersey Naval Militia in 1900
  • Returned to the Connecticut Naval Militia in 1902
  • Returned to Navy control and decommissioned 27 June 1908
  • Loaned to the North Carolina Naval Militia and recommissioned 20 August 1909
  • Returned to Navy custody at the outbreak of World War I and designated SP-988
  • Suffered an explosion on board 25 August 1917 while making passage from Norfolk to Yorktown, VA, one man killed and two seriously injured
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1918
  • Sold 11 May 1918
  • Registered in 1927 to Thelma R. Levey of New York, NY as the passenger vessel Elfrida
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 164 t.
    1927 - 126 t.
  • Length 101' 6"
    1927 - 108.6'
  • Beam 18'
  • Draft 7' 9"
    1927 - 11.5'
    Complement: Six (1927)
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Armament: One rapid fire 3-pounder and two rapid fire 1-pounders
    1911 - One 6-pounder rapid fire mount
    1914 - One 6-pounder rapid fire mount
  • Propulsion: One Almy and one Hazelton boiler, one 200ihp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Elfrida 84k Photo probably taken during her service with the North Carolina State Naval Militia
    Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

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