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Elfin (SP 965)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Dog - Nan - George


  • Built in 1911 by Britt Brothers, Lynn, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 26 July 1917 and placed in service in a noncommissioned status
  • Returned to her owner, Alfred W. Gibbs of Wayne, PA, 22 November 1918
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 18 t.
  • Length 50' 8"
  • Beam 10.9'
  • Draft 3' 6"
  • Speed 6.9 kts.
  • Complement: Seven
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 37hp 4-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Elfin 79k Photographed circa 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 54356
    Naval Historical Center
    Elfin 78k Photographed during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101701

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