USS Bessie Jones (SP-1476)
|Name:||USS Bessie Jones|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Joseph W. Brooks, Little Choptank River, Maryland|
|Acquired:||24 August 1917|
|Decommissioned:||27 November 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 27 November 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as civilian schooner Bessie Jones 1892-1917 and from 1918|
|Length:||62 ft (19 m)|
|Beam:||20 ft 0 in (6.10 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft (1.8 m)|
Bessie Jones was built as a civilian schooner of the same name in 1892 by Joseph W. Brooks at the Little Choptank River in Maryland. On 24 August 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, the Conservation Commission of Maryland, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Bessie Jones (SP-1476).
Bessie Jones served on patrol duties, presumably in the Chesapeake Bay area, for the rest of World War I. She was decommissioned on 27 November 1918, and the Navy returned her to the Conservation Commission the same day.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- SP-1476 Bessie Jones at Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships -- Listed by Hull Number: "SP" #s and "ID" #s -- World War I Era Patrol Vessels and other Acquired Ships and Craft numbered from ID # 1400 through ID # 1499
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Bessie Jones (SP 1476)