USS High Ball (SP-947)
|Name:||USS High Ball|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Acquired:||21 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||1 June 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 21 May 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat High Ball 1910–1917 and from 1919|
|Length:||45 ft (14 m)|
|Beam:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Draft:||2 ft 6 in (0.76 m)|
|Armament:||1 × machine gun|
High Ball was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1910. On 21 May 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, W. J. Green of Utica, New York, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, as USS High Ball (SP-947) on 1 June 1917.
Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, High Ball served throughout her naval career as ship's tender to the monitor USS Amphitrite (Monitor No. 2) in New York Harbor. For a brief period in late 1918, she was one of two boats named High Ball in U.S. Navy service, the other being USS High Ball (1905).
High Ball was returned to Green on 21 May 1919.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- SP-947 High Ball 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 SP-900 through SP-999
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive High Ball (SP 947)