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ex-Ellen (SP 1209)


  • Built in 1917 by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 July 1917 from Charles P. Curtis of Boston, MA
  • Placed her in service as USS Ellen (SP 1209), 2 August 1917
  • Renamed SP-1209 in 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register 21 April 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Renamed Harpoon in 1920
  • Opened her seams and sank en route to Puerto Rico in about 1959 or 1960


  • Displacement 28 t.
  • Length 62' 4"
  • Draft 10' 11"
  • Draft 2' 6"
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 10
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 8-cylinder 200hp Sterling Model F gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Ellen 79k Photographed in 1917, shortly before she was acquired by the U.S. Navy for use as a patrol boat
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101884
    Naval Historical Center

    There is no DANFS history available for Ellen (SP 1209) at the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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