USS Abalone (SP-208)

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USS Abalone (SP-208)
History
Name: USS Abalone
Launched: 1913
Acquired: by lease, 27 April 1917
Commissioned: 10 May 1917
Decommissioned: By 24 December 1918
Fate: Returned to owner
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 33 long tons (34 t)
Length: 60 ft (18 m)
Beam: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Draft: 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 8
Armament:

USS Abalone (SP-208) was a wooden-hulled motorboat in the United States Navy during World War I. She was named after the abalone mollusk.

Built at Morris Heights in 1913, Abalone was acquired by the Navy on 27 April 1917 under a free lease from Arnold Schlaet of New York City and commissioned on 10 May 1917.

The sparse direct records of Abalone's day-to-day operations consist merely of a deck log, which does not even cover the craft's entire career. Other sources indicate that Abalone was attached to the 3rd Naval District local patrol forces and was based at New Haven, Connecticut. From that port, she performed patrol missions with Squadrons 5 and 20. Following the signing of the armistice, she was detached from this duty on 10 December 1918 and was returned to her previous owner a fortnight later, on 24 December 1918.

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