USC&GS Elsie III (1912)
USC&GS Elsie III on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, ca. 1924
|Career (United States)||100x35px|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Acquired:||21 April 1919|
|Out of service:||1944|
|Notes:||Operated as civilian motorboat Elsie III 1912-1917; served as United States Navy patrol vessel USS Elsie III (SP-708) 1917-1919|
|Length:||52 ft (16 m)|
|Beam:||11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
Elsie III was built as a civilian motorboat of the same name in 1912 at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York. From 1917 to 1919, she served in the United States Navy as patrol vessel USS Elsie III (SP-708).
Elsie III was transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on 21 April 1919. She served along the United States East Coast during her career with the Survey.
Between 4 September and 12 September 1935, Elsie III joined the Coast and Geodetic Survey launch USC&GS Marindin in helping with relief efforts in the Florida Keys following the passage of the violent 1935 Labor Day hurricane.
Elsie III was retired from Coast and Geodetic Survey service in 1944.
- NOAA History: Tools of the Trade: Coast and Geodetic Survey Ships: Elsie III
- NOAA History, A Science Odyssey: Hall of Honor: Lifesaving and the Protection of Property by the Coast and Geodetic Survey 1845-1907
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: USS Elsie III (SP-708), 1917-1919. Previously was the civilian motor boat Elsie III (Built 1912)
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive USC&GS Elsie III ex-USS Elsie III (SP 708)