USS Itty E (SP-952)
|Name:||USS Itty E|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Murray and Tregurtha, South Boston, Massachusetts|
|Commissioned:||6 July 1917|
|Fate:||Constructive total loss July 1918; scrapped 1920|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Itty E 1916-1917|
|Length:||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Beam:||6 ft (1.8 m)|
|Draft:||1 ft 8 in (0.51 m)|
Itty E was built as a private open motorboat of the same name in 1916 by Murray and Tregurtha at South Boston, Massachusetts. In 1917, the U.S. Navy - which had evaluated Itty E and concluded that she would be "[e]xcellent as rescue boat or tender to the airplane at Naval Air Station" - chartered her from her owner, F. H. Rawson of Chicago, Illinois, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned on 6 July 1917 as USS Itty E (SP-952).
Assigned to the 1st Naval District in northern New England, Itty E operated successfully as a fast rescue boat at Naval Air Station Boston, Massachusetts. She was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, on 20 October 1917, but saw little service there because of a need for extensive engine repairs. Her engine had been removed and was under repair in a facility ashore when it was burned in July 1918, resulting in Itty E being declared a constructive total loss. She was taken to the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., in October 1918 and scrapped there in 1920.
- 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 History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Itty E (Motor Boat, 1916); Later USS Itty E (SP-952), 1917-1920
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Itty E (SP 952)