USS Kuwana II (SP-594)
|Name:||USS Kuwana II|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Electric Launch Company (Elco), Bayonne, New Jersey|
|Acquired:||2 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||2 June 1917|
|Struck:||5 December 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Kuwana II 1911-1917and from 1918|
|Tonnage:||34 gross register tons|
|Length:||76 ft (23 m)|
|Beam:||13 ft (4.0 m)|
|Draft:||2 ft 9 in (0.84 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 1-pounder gun|
Kuwana II was built as a private motorboat of the same name by the Electric Launch Company (Elco) at Bayonne, New Jersey, in 1911. In 1917, the U.S. Navy leased her from her owner, Frank E. Masland of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. The Navy took delivery of her on 2 June 1917 and she was commissioned the same day as USS Kumara II (SP-594) with a Chief Quartermaster Schofield, USNRF, in command. She was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 8 June 1917.
Assigned to the 4th Naval District, Kuwana II was based at Cold Spring Harbor, New Jersey. For the rest of World War I, she patrolled the Delaware Bay and Delaware River from Cape May, New Jersey, to Wilmington, Delaware, guarded the submarine net at Fort Delaware, and patrolled coastal waters near her base. She also served as a dispatch boat and training ship.
Kuwana II was stricken from the Navy List on 5 December 1918 and returned to Masland.
- The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/k5/kuwana_ii.htm gives Kuwana II's section patrol number as SP-97, but that number actually belonged to the patrol vessel USS Kumigan (SP-97); the mistake is corrected at SP-594: Kuwana 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-500 through SP-599 and at NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Kuwana II (SP 594).
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- SP-594: Kuwana 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-500 through SP-599
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Kuwana II (SP 594)