USS Annabelle (SP-1206)
Annabelle (or Anna Belle) probably as a private motorboat sometime between 1898 and 1917.
|Name:||USS Annabelle or Anna Belle|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Acquired:||15 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||16 August 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 20 December 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Annabelle or Anna Belle 1898-1917 and from 1918|
|Tonnage:||8 gross tons|
|Length:||37 ft 11 in (11.56 m)|
|Beam:||11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) aft|
|Speed:||8 miles per hour|
|Armament:||1 × 1-pounder gun|
Annabelle was built in 1898 as a private motorboat of the same name by John Archie. On 15 June 1917, the U.S. Navy chartered her from her owner, Mr. W. J. Mathewes of Chincoteague, Virginia, for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Annabelle or Anna Belle (SP-1206) on 16 August 1917.
- The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/a9/annabelle.htm and NavSource Online at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/171206.htm give Annabelle's speed as 8 miles per hour, implying statute miles per hour, an unusual unit of measure for the speed of a watercraft. It is possible that her speed actually was 8 knots. If 8 statute miles per hour is accurate, the equivalent in knots is 7.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Anna Belle (American Motor Boat, 1898). Served as USS Anna Belle (SP-1206) in 1917-1918
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Annabelle (SP 1206)