USS Natoma (SP-666)

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USS Natoma (SP-666).jpg
Natoma in private use prior to her U.S. Navy service.
History
United States
Name: USS Natoma
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Charles Seabury and Sons, Morris Heights, New York
Cost: $45,000 USD
Completed: 1913
Acquired: 4 July 1917
Commissioned: 23 August 1917
Fate: Transferred to United States Coast and Geodetic Survey 4 April 1919
Notes: In use as private motorboat Natoma 1913-1917
Flag of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.svgUnited States
Name: USC&GS Natoma
Namesake: Previous name retained
Acquired: 4 April 1919
Commissioned: 1919
Decommissioned: 1935
General characteristics (as U.S. Navy vessel)
Type: Patrol vessel
Displacement: 112 tons
Length: 120 ft (37 m)
Beam: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Draft: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 49
Armament:
General characteristics (as U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey vessel)
Type: Survey ship
Displacement: 112 tons
Length: 120 ft (37 m)
Beam: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
Draft: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Speed: 10 knots

USS Natoma (SP-666) was a patrol vessel in commission in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919, seeing service in World War I. After her U.S. Navy service, she was in commission in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey as the survey ship USC&GS Natoma from 1919 to 1935.

Construction[edit]

Natoma was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1913 at Morris Heights, New York, by Charles Seabury and Sons.

United States Navy service, 1917-1919[edit]

USC&GS Natoma in 1928. Note U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey flag flying at top of foremast.

The U.S. Navy acquired Natoma from her owner, Richard Howe of New York City, on 4 July 1917 for World War I service and commissioned her on 23 August 1917 as USS Natoma (SP-666).

Natoma was assigned to section patrol duty in the 3rd Naval District during World War I. After the Armistice with Germany, she was decommissioned

United States Coast and Geodetic Survey service, 1919-1935[edit]

The U.S. Navy transferred Natoma to the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey on 4 April 1919. She served as a survey ship along both the United States East Coast and the United States West Coast during her years with the Coast and Geodetic Survey. The Survey decommissioned her in 1935.

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