|USS Owaissa (SP-659)|
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company, Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York|
|Acquired:||11 July 1917|
|Commissioned:||6 November 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 3 January 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Marie and Owaissa 1912-1917 and Owaissa from 1919|
|Tonnage:||64 gross register tons|
|Length:||77 ft 9 in (23.70 m)|
|Beam:||17 ft (5.2 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
1 x 3-pounder gun|
1 x machine gun
On 11 July 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired Owaissa under a free lease from her owner, E. B. Dickerson, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Owaissa (SP-659) on 6 November 1917.
Assigned to the 1st Naval District in northern New England, Owaissa carried out patrol duties for the rest of World War I. She initially patrolled around Woods Hole, Massachusetts, speaking to various vessels to determine their identities. She spent the summer of 1918 on outward patrol, working with the patrol boats USS Patrol No. 6 (SP-54), USS Rhebal (SP-1195), and USS Felicia (SP-642), the submarine chaser USS SC–167, and a patrol boat with the section patrol number SP-50 of which no records have been found. In August 1918 Owaissa began to patrol Vineyard Sound.
In December 1918, Owaissa proceeded to Newport, Rhode Island, then moved on to the New York Yacht Club dock. After decommissioning at the Material Section Dock, she was returned to Dickerson on 3 January 1919.
- 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 History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Owaissa (American Motor Boat, 1912). Served as USS Owaissa (SP-659) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Owaissa (SP 659)
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