USS Akbar (SP-599)
|Name:||USS Akbar (SP-599)|
|Namesake:||Akbar the Great|
|Acquired:||17 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||31 May 1917|
|Decommissioned:||17 January 1919|
|Struck:||2 October 1919|
|Fate:||Sold, 2 January 1920; ultimate fate unknown|
|Length:||72 ft 6 in (22.10 m)|
|Beam:||11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 4 in (1.02 m)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h)|
|Armament:||2 × machine guns|
USS Akbar (SP-599) (possibly meaning "great" in Arabic) was a wooden patrol boat in the service of the United States Navy during World War I. She was purchased by the Navy for patrol duties during the conflict and was sold at war's end. Her ultimate fate is unknown.
Akbar was a wooden-hulled yacht built by the Mathis Yacht Building Company of Camden, New Jersey, in 1915. The State of Maine purchased the yacht from her owner, George W. C. Drexel of Philadelphia, and then lent her the section commander at Bath, Maine. The U.S. Navy purchased the craft on 17 May 1917 and placed her in commission on 31 May 1917, with Quartermaster 1st Class Robert A. Webster in command.
After commissioning, the boat was assigned to the 1st Naval District. Akbar carried out harbor patrol duty in the Rockland, Maine, section until May 1918 when she was shifted to the Portland, Maine, section. The former yacht served on patrol duty in that area through the end of World War I in November 1918.
- Photo gallery of Akbar at NavSource Naval History