USS Nelansu (SP-610)

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Motorboat Nelansu.jpg
Nelansu as a private motorboat prior to her acquisition by the U.S. Navy.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Nelansu
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: R. Bigelow, Monument Beach, Massachusetts
Acquired: Either on or prior to 26 May 1917 [1] or on 20 July 1917[2]
Commissioned: 26 May 1917[3]
Decommissioned: 30 November 1918
Fate: Returned to owner 30 November 1918
Notes: Operated as private motorboat U. S. Kent[4] and Nelansu until 1917 and Nelansu from 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 15 gross register tons
Length: 51 ft 1.5 in (15.583 m)
Beam: 10 ft 0 in (3.05 m)
Draft: 2 ft 10 in (0.86 m)
Speed: 22 knots
Complement: 8
Armament: 1 x 1-pounder gun

USS Nelansu (SP-610) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918.

Nelansu was built as a private motorboat by R. Bigelow at Monument Beach, Massachusetts. Some sources say her original name was U. S. Kent,[5] while others state that this only was a possibility,[6] but all agree that she was named Nelansu by 1917.

In 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her under a free lease from her owner, John S. Kent, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I, and she was commissioned as USS Nelansu (SP-610). Sources disagree on the timing of these events, claiming acquisition dates of both 26 May[7] and 20 July[8] 1917; the only source to provide a commissioning date places it on 26 May 1917.[9]

Assigned to the 1st Naval District in northern New England, Kiowa carried out patrol duties in the Boston, Massachusetts, area for the rest of World War I.

Nelansu was decommissioned on 30 November 1918 and returned to Kent the same day.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Kiowa (SP-711), 1917-1919. Later renamed SP-711 claims Nelansu was commissioned on 26 May 1917 without mentioning a specific acquisition date, while NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Kiowa (SP 711) claims she was acquired on 26 May 1917.
  2. ^ Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/k4/kiowa-ii.htm.
  3. ^ Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Kiowa (SP-711), 1917-1919. Later renamed SP-711 claims Nelansu was commissioned on this date. Other sources do not provide a commissioning date; according to Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/k4/kiowa-ii.htm, 26 May 1917 was nearly two months before she even had been acquired.
  4. ^ NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Nelansu (SP 610) states this as a certainty, while Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Nelansu (Motor Boat, 1909). Possibly previously named U.S. Kent. Served as USS Nelansu (SP-610) in 1917-1918 says both that it was a certainty and a possibility.
  5. ^ NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Nelansu (SP 610) states this as a certainty, while Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Nelansu (Motor Boat, 1909). Possibly previously named U.S. Kent. Served as USS Nelansu (SP-610) in 1917-1918 says both that it was a certainty and a possibility.
  6. ^ Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Nelansu (Motor Boat, 1909). Possibly previously named U.S. Kent. Served as USS Nelansu (SP-610) in 1917-1918 states that it was both a possibility and a certainty
  7. ^ NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Kiowa (SP 711) claims she was acquired on 26 May 1917.
  8. ^ Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/k4/kiowa-ii.htm.
  9. ^ Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Kiowa (SP-711), 1917-1919. Later renamed SP-711 claims Nelansu was commissioned on 26 May 1917.

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