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Elizabeth (SP 972)

Elizabeth served both the U. S. Navy and Army


  • The first Elizabeth was built in 1916 by W. F. Dunn, West Norfolk, VA
  • Acquired by the Navy 4 October 1917
  • Sunk in a collision 12 December 1917 with the SS Northland at Norfolk, VA
  • Salvaged and resumed her former duties
  • Transferred to the War Department 10 November 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 17 t.
  • Length 53' 1"
  • Beam 12' 2"
  • Draft 2' 4½"
  • Speed 11.2 kts.
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One 50hp 4-cylinder Palmer gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Elizabeth 106k In port, possibly during her World War I era U.S. Navy service as Elizabeth (SP-972). Astern is USS
    Idylease (SP 119)

    U.S. Navy photo NH 100235
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