|USS Chichota (SP-65)|
Chichota in private use on the Hudson River prior to her U.S. Navy service.
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island|
|Acquired:||1 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||5 June 1917|
|Decommissioned:||21 December 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner|
|Notes:||In use as private yacht Niagara III and Chichota 1901-1917 and Chichota from December 1918|
|Tonnage:||27 gross tons|
|Length:||81 ft (25 m)|
Chichota was built as the private steam yacht Niagara III in 1901 by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company at Bristol, Rhode Island. She had been renamed Chichota by the time the U.S. Navy acquired her for World War I service as a patrol vessel under a free lease from her owner, Edwin Gould of New York City, on 1 May 1917. The Navy commissioned her on 5 June 1917 as USS Chichota (SP-65).
Chichota was assigned to the 3rd Naval District, where she performed submarine net patrol duty in the New York Harbor area. She was transferred for a brief time to the Chesapeake Bay area, but returned to New York early in 1918.
Chichota was decommissioned on 21 December 1918 and returned to her owner.
- 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 Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Chichota (American Steam Yacht, 1901). Previously named Niagara III. Served as USS Chichota (SP-65) in 1917-1918
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Chichota (SP 65)
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