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USS Wiwoka (SP-250)
Motorboat Wiwoka
Wiwoka as a civilian motorboat sometime between 1912 and 1917, prior to her U.S. Navy service as USS Wiwoka.
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Name: USS Wiwoka
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Murray and Tregurtha, South Boston, Massachusetts
Completed: 1912
Acquired: 25 July 1917
Commissioned: 11 September 1917
Decommissioned: probably December 1918
Struck: 17 January 1919
Fate: Disarmed 18 December 1918
Returned to owner 17 January 1919
Notes: Operated as civilian motorboat Idylease III and Wiwoka 1912-1917 and Wiwoka from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 25 tons
Length: 62 ft (19 m)
Beam: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Draft: 4 ft (1.2 m) aft
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 10
Armament: 1 x 1-pounder gun
1 x machine gun

USS Wiwoka (SP-250) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918.

Wiwoka was built as a the civilian motorboat Idylease III in 1912 by Murray and Tregurtha at South Boston, Massachusetts. Idylease III had been renamed Wiwoka by the time the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, Mr. Joseph V. Gallagher of New York City, on 25 July 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Wiwoka (SP-250) on 11 September 1917.

Wiwoka performed section patrol duty in the New York City area for the remainder of World War I.

Hostilities ceased on 11 November 1918, and Wiwoka was decommissioned shortly thereafter—probably in December 1918, because her armament was removed on 18 December 1918. She was returned to Gallagher on 17 January 1919, and her name was stricken from the Navy List that same day.

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