USS Hoqua (SP-142)
USS Hoqua in 1917 or 1918, probably near New York City.
|Career (United States)||100x35px|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Charles Seabury, Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York|
|Commissioned:||27 July 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 6 February 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private yacht Hoqua 1914-1917 and from 1919|
|Length:||69 ft 7 in (21.21 m)|
|Beam:||13 ft 2 in (4.01 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
|Armament:||4 x 3-pounder gun|
Hoqua was built as a civilian yacht in 1914 by Charles Seabury at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, Robert M. Curtis of Chicago, Illinois, in June 1917 for use as a patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned at Brooklyn, New York, on 27 July 1917 as USS Hoqua (SP-142) with Chief Boatswain H. F. Dellyse, USNRF, in command.
Hoqua was assigned to the 3rd Naval District, and performed general harbor duties at Brooklyn until 27 March 1918, when she arrived at New Haven, Connecticut, for duty. She served there as an inshore patrol vessel and as an escort for submarines in and around New Haven harbor for the remainder of the war.
The Navy returned Hoqua to her owner on 6 February 1919.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Motor Yacht Hoqua (1914); Later USS Hoqua (SP-142), 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Hoqua (SP 142)