Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online:
Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive

Sappho (SP 1427)



Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Dog - Jig - Fox

Ferry:

  • Built in 1886 by the New England Shipbuilding Co., Bath, ME
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 August 1918
  • Commissioned 20 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 18 February 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 275 t.
  • Length 149' 9"
  • Beam 28' 9"
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 23
  • Propulsion: One 600ihp steam engine, one shaft.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Ferry Sappho
    Sappho 105k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102193
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Sappho (SP 1427)
    Sappho 113k In port during World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42443
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

    Sappho

    A sixth-century B. C. Greek lyric poetess.

    The first Sappho was built during 1886 by New England Shipbuilding Co., Bath, Maine, as a wooden passenger vessel acquired by the Navy on 6 August 1918 from William C. Sproul of Chester, Pa.; and commissioned on 20 August 1918, Boatswain D. Sullivan USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 4th Naval District for local transport duty, Sappho was accidentally rammed by the S.S. Delaware on 25 August 1918. Necessary repairs were completed by 20 October, allowing Sappho to resume transport service between Philadelphia Navy Yard and nearby ports in New York and New Jersey.

    Sappho was decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pa., on 18 February 1919, and returned to her owner the same day. Sappho's Navy crew was returned to the Navy Yard by the tug Triton.

    DANFS courtesy of Ramon Jackson


    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Ship Index Back to the Section Patrol Craft (SP) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History