USS Hobo II (SP-783)
|Name:||USS Hobo II|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Electric Launch Company (ELCO), Bayonne, New Jersey|
|Acquired:||23 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||24 August 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 17 February 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Hobo II 1905-1917 and from 1919|
|Tonnage:||24 gross tons|
|Length:||75 ft (23 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
Hobo II was built in 1905 as a private motorboat of the same name by the Electric Launch Company (ELCO) at Bayonne, New Jersey. On 23 June 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, J. S. Melcher of New York City, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts, as USS Hobo II (SP-783) on 24 August 1917 with Boatswain's Mate G. R. Hadlock in command.
Assigned to the 1st Naval District in northern New England, Hobo II initially was based at Bar Harbor, Maine, where she operated on harbor patrol duties. On 21 January 1918 she was transferred to Boston, where she performed dispatch boat and general patrol duties for the rest of World War I and into 1919.
Hobo II was returned to Melcher on 17 February 1919.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- SP-783 Hobo II 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-700 through SP-799
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Hobo II (SP 783)