USS Elmasada (SP-109)
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|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Roberrt Jacobs, City Island, New York|
|Commissioned:||4 June 1917|
|Struck:||20 May 1919|
|Fate:||Transferred to United States Lighthouse Service June 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Elmasada 1909-1917|
|Tonnage:||47 gross tons|
|Length:||66 ft (20 m) or 75 ft (23 m)|
|Beam:||15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 3-pounder gun|
Elmasada was built as a civilian motorboat in 1909 by Robert Jacobs at City Island, New York. In mid-May 1917 her owner, C.B. Fox of New Orleans, Louisiana, was ordered to turn her over to the U.S. Navy for use as a patrol boat during World War I. The Navy purchased her from Fox later in May and commissioned her on 4 June 1917 as USS Elmasada (SP-109).
Elmasada was attached to the 8th Naval District and employed in patrol and transport duties in the New Orleans area.
- Per the Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images (at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-e/sp109.htm)
- Per the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/e3/elmasada.htm) and NavSource Online (at http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/170109.htm)
- 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 Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Elmasada (SP-109), 1917-1919. Originally the civilian motor boat Elmasada of 1909
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Elmasada (SP 109)