USS Kathrich II (SP-148)
|Name:||USS Kathrich II|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||E. S. Thibault, Jacksonville, Florida|
|Acquired:||8 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||9 May 1917|
|Decommissioned:||6 February 1919|
|Fate:||Transferred to United States Coast Guard 4 September 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Kathrich II 1913-1917|
|Length:||40 ft (12 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
Kathrich II was built as a civilian motorboat in 1913 by E. S. Thibault at Jacksonville, Florida. The U.S. Navy acquired her in 1917 from her owner, Richard B. Marks of Jacksonville, for use as a patrol vessel during World War I. She was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 20 April 1917; the Navy took control of her on 8 May 1917 and commissioned her on 9 May 1917 at Charleston, South Carolina, as USS Kathrich II (SP-148) with Boatswain's Mate Second Class Robert Fisher, USNRF, in command.
On 5 February 1919, Kathrich II was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) for duty as a dispatch and radio inspection ship in Savannah harbor. Decommissioned on 6 February 1919, she remained with NOTS until 4 September 1919, when she was turned over to the United States Coast Guard for use in communications work.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Kathrich II (SP 148)