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St. Sebastian (SP 470)


  • Built by Capt. R. D. Hardee, St. Sebastian, FL
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 June 1917
  • Commissioned 9 August 1917
  • Beat to pieces by a hurricane 9 September 1919 at Key West, FL
    Ships Data U.S. Naval Vessels of NOvember 1918 lists "Wrecked" date as 11 September 1919
  • Struck from the Naval Register 4 October 1919
    Ships Data U.S. Naval Vessels of NOvember 1918 lists "Struck" date as 24 April 1919


  • Displacement 16 t.
  • Length 50'
  • Beam 12' 4"
  • Draft 2' 11"
  • Speed 8.6 kts.
  • Complement: Five
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 37hp Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    St. Sebastian 52k Moored in port, circa 1917-1919. The Herreshoff-type patrol boat in the left background appears to be USS War Bug (SP-1795)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102172
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: St. Sebastian (SP-470), a wooden motorboat built by Capt. R. D. Hardee, St. Sebastian, Fla., was acquired by the Navy from J. W. Taylor, Marathon, Fla., on 25 June 1917 and commissioned on 9 August 1917.

    St. Sebastian was used by the Navy as a scout patrol boat in waters off Florida until 9 September 1919. On that date, while she was anchored in the North Beach Basin at Key West, Fla., a hurricane battered St. Sebastian and several other vessels against the wall of the basin and beat her to pieces. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 4 October 1919.

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