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Katherine (SP 715)


  • Built in 1907 by J. T. Sharpley, Greenbackville, VA
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 May 1917
  • Commissioned 26 April 1917
  • Decommissioned 22 October 1918, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 6 t.
  • Length 35'
  • Beam 9'
  • Draft 2'
  • Speed 7 kts.
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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Katherine, a motor boat, was built in 1907 by J. T. Sharpley of Greenbackville, Va., and owned by the Virginia Fish and Oyster Commission. Chartered on free lease to the Government, she commissioned 26 April 1917 and was taken over by the Navy at Norfolk 18 May, Chief Master at Arms C. C. Jones in command.

    Assigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Katherine operated out of Greenbackvllle, Va., as a shore and section patrol boat patrolling southern Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coastal waters in and around Chincoteague Bay. She decommissioned 22 October 1918 and was returned to her former owner the same day.

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