USS Josephine (SP-913)
USS Josephine during World War I.
|Builder:||New York Yacht, Launch, and Engine Company, Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York|
|Acquired:||9 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||20 September 1917|
|Renamed:||USS SP-913 11 April 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 20 December 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as civilian motorboat Josephine 1916-1917 and from December 1918|
|Length:||60 ft (18 m)|
|Beam:||13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 3 in (0.99 m)|
Josephine was built as a civilian motorboat of the same name in 1916 by the New York Yacht, Launch, and Engine Company at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, L. A. Lehmaier, on 9 August 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Josephine (SP-913) at the New York Navy Yard at Brooklyn, New York, on 20 September 1917 with Boatswain J. D. Cremin, USNRF, in command.
"Having proved unsuit(able)" for naval service, on 6 July 1918 the Navy directed that SP-913 be returned to her owner. She was returned to Lehmaier on 20 December 1918.
- This quotation, from the Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images (at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-j/sp913.htm) is unattributed.
- 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 Josephine (SP-913), 1917-1918. Renamed SP-913 in 1918. Originally the civilian motor boat Josephine (1916)
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Josephine (SP 913)