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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive
Elfrida (SP 988)
Call sign (1927):
King - George - Jig - Hypo
Elfrida served the U. S. Navy and the Connecticut, New Jersey and North Carolina Naval Militias
Patrol Yacht:Built in 1889 by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE for Dr. William Seward Webb of Shelburne, VTLaunched 13 April 1889Acquired by the Navy 15 June 1898Commissioned USS Elfrida 30 June 1898Decommissioned 14 September 1898Recommissioned 29 April 1899 and loaned to the Connecticut Naval MilitiaTransferred to the New Jersey Naval Militia in 1900Returned to the Connecticut Naval Militia in 1902Returned to Navy control and decommissioned 27 June 1908Loaned to the North Carolina Naval Militia and recommissioned 20 August 1909Returned to Navy custody at the outbreak of World War I and designated SP-988Suffered an explosion on board 25 August 1917 while making passage from Norfolk to Yorktown, VA, one man killed and two seriously injuredDecommissioned 31 March 1918Sold 11 May 1918Registered in 1927 to Thelma R. Levey of New York, NY as the passenger vessel ElfridaFate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 164 t.1927 - 126 t.Length 101' 6"1927 - 108.6'Beam 18'Draft 7' 9"1927 - 11.5'Complement: Six (1927)Speed 10.5 kts.Armament: One rapid fire 3-pounder and two rapid fire 1-pounders1911 - One 6-pounder rapid fire mount1914 - One 6-pounder rapid fire mountPropulsion: One Almy and one Hazelton boiler, one 200ihp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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|Photo probably taken during her service with the North Carolina State Naval Militia
Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
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DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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