|USS Wilrose II (SP-195)|
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Wilrose II|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||S. P. Noch, Stamford, Connecticut|
|Acquired:||3 May 1918|
|In service:||8 May 1918|
|Out of service:||late 1919 or January 1920|
|Struck:||Probably 10 March 1920|
|Fate:||Sold 10 March 1920|
|Notes:||Built as civilian motorboat Wilrose II|
|Tonnage:||44 gross tons|
|Length:||75 ft 6 in (23.01 m)|
|Beam:||17 ft (5.2 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) aft|
|Speed:||9.5 to 10 knots|
1 x 3-pounder gun|
3 x machine guns
Wilrose II was built as a civilian motorboat of the same name in 1908 by S. P. Noch at Stamford, Connecticut. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, R. H. Meyer of Jacksonville, Florida, on 3 May 1918 at Jacksonville for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was placed in service as USS Wilrose II (SP-195) on 8 May 1918.
Wilrose II served with the section patrol contingent of the 6th Naval District, which then included the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida as far south as the St. Johns River. She was responsible for patrolling along that coastline and its harbors to protect them against enemy attack, primarily against the German submarine menace. She pursued that duty through 11 November 1918, when the armistice with Germany ending World War I made such patrols unnecessary. After the war, she remained in active service in the 6th Naval District at least until the waning months of 1919.
In January 1920, Wilrose II was slated for sale, and she was sold on 10 March 1920 to the Charles Dry Dock and Machine Company of Charleston, South Carolina. Presumably, her name was stricken from the Navy List concurrently with the sale.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Wilrose II (SP 195)
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