USS Kathrich II (SP-148)

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Name: USS Kathrich II
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: E. S. Thibault, Jacksonville, Florida
Completed: 1913
Acquired: 8 May 1917
Commissioned: 9 May 1917
Decommissioned: 6 February 1919
Fate: Transferred to United States Coast Guard 4 September 1919
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Kathrich II 1913-1917
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 12 tons
Length: 40 ft (12 m)
Beam: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Draft: 4 ft (1.2 m)
Speed: 9 knots
Armament: None

USS Kathrich II (SP-148) was a motorboat that served in the United States Navy as a patrol vessel from 1917 to 1919.

Motorboat boat which is powered by an engine

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United States Navy Naval warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U.S. allies or partner nations. with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, and two new carriers under construction. With 319,421 personnel on active duty and 99,616 in the Ready Reserve, the Navy is the third largest of the service branches. It has 282 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of March 2018, making it the second-largest air force in the world, after the United States Air Force.

Kathrich II was built as a civilian motorboat in 1913 by E. S. Thibault at Jacksonville, Florida. The U.S. Navy acquired her in 1917 from her owner, Richard B. Marks of Jacksonville, for use as a patrol vessel during World War I. She was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 20 April 1917; the Navy took control of her on 8 May 1917 and commissioned her on 9 May 1917 at Charleston, South Carolina, as USS Kathrich II (SP-148) with Boatswain 's Mate Second Class Robert Fisher, USNRF, in command.

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Kathrich II was assigned to the 6th Naval District, where she operated as a section patrol boat in the harbor at Savannah, Georgia, boarding and inspecting ships and sealing radios.

Section patrol patrol boat owned by civilian

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On 5 February 1919, Kathrich II was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) for duty as a dispatch and radio inspection ship in Savannah harbor. Decommissioned on 6 February 1919, she remained with NOTS until 4 September 1919, when she was turned over to the United States Coast Guard for use in communications work.

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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is the coastal defense and maritime law enforcement branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war. This has happened twice: in 1917, during World War I, and in 1941, during World War II.

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