USS Caliph on 2 December 1918, the day she was decommissioned and returned to her owner.
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Matthews Yacht Building Company|
|Commissioned:||ca. May 1917|
|Recommissioned:||1 April 1918|
|Decommissioned:||2 December 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 2 December 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as civilian motorboat Caliph 1910-1917 and from December 1918|
|Length:||60 ft (18 m)|
Caliph was built as a civilian motorboat in 1910 by the Matthews Yacht Building Company. The U.S. Navy leased her in May 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Caliph (SP-272).
Placed in service in the 4th Naval District—which was responsible for the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and southern New Jersey area -- Caliph performed section patrol duty until December 1917, when she was laid up for the winter at Washington, D.C..
Caliph was recommissioned on 1 April 1918 and assigned to duty with the District Communication Superintendent at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. She resumed her patrol duties.
Caliph was decommissioned on 2 December 1918 and returned to her owner.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Navy History and Heritage Command: Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Caliph (SP-272), 1917-1918.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Caliph (SP 272)