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USS Katie (SP-660)
USS Katie (SP-660)
USS Katie (SP-660) hauled out of the water during World War I
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Name: USS Katie
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: C. E. Bush, Crittenden, Virginia
Completed: 1915[1] or 1916[2]
Acquired: 18 May 1917 (delivery)
Commissioned: 24 April 1917
Decommissioned: 22 October 1918
Fate: Returned to owner 22 October 1918
Status: Extant, in private use
Notes: Operated as civilian motorboat Katie 1916-1917 and since 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 15 gross register tons
Length: 48 ft (15 m)
Beam: 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)
Draft: 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 4
Armament: None

USS Katie (SP-660) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918.

Construction and acquisitionEdit

Katie was built as a civilian motorboat of the same name by C. E. Bush at Crittenden, Virginia, in 1915[3] or 1916.[4] In 1917, the U.S. Navy chartered her from her owner, the Virginia Fish and Oyster Commission, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Katie (SP-660) on 24 April 1917, although the Navy did not take delivery of her until 18 May 1917, at Norfolk, Virginia, with Chief Master-at-Arms J. B. Bush, USNRF, in command.

U.S. Navy serviceEdit

Assigned to the 5th Naval District and based at Crittenden, Katie operated as a shore and section patrol boat until less than three weeks before the end of World War I. Her patrols extended from Norfolk and the James River to the lower reaches of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Katie was decommissioned on 22 October 1918 and was returned to the Virginia Fish and Oyster Commission the same day.

Later careerEdit

Katie served the Virginia Fish and Oyster Commission until she was sold to the Redmond Lumber Corporation in 1956. She had two more owners before 1963, when William C. Poole purchased her. Poole used her both as a private yacht and as a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary operational facility. In 2000, Katie was sold to William Stratton, then on 18 September 2001 to Leslie Porter. He performed restoration work on her and moved her to Belhaven, North Carolina. In October 2003, William Patterson purchased Katie. He moved her to Richmond, Virginia, and made plans to take her to wooden boat shows on the Chesapeake Bay. She remains extant.



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