USS Bab (SP-116)

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USS Bab (SP-116) hauled out of the water during World War I.
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Name: USS Bab
Namesake: name given to the boat by her owner prior to her acquisition by the Navy
Owner: Milton Wilson of Chicago, Illinois
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Completed: in 1916 at South Boston, Massachusetts
Acquired: leased by the Navy on 6 October 1917
In service: October 1917
Out of service: December 1918
Struck: circa December 1918
Homeport: Chicago, Illinois
Fate: Returned to her owner for the sum of $1.00 on 31 December 1918
General characteristics
Type: Motorboat
Tonnage: 7 gross tons
Length: 38' 0"
Beam: 8' 1"
Draft: 2' 4"
Propulsion: Internal combustion engine
Speed: 36 miles per hour
Complement: not known
Armament: Two machine guns

USS Bab (SP-116) was high-speed motorboat leased for one dollar by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was placed in service as a patrol craft and was assigned to the vicinity of Chicago, Illinois. Post-war she was returned to her owner for the sum of one dollar.

Built in South Boston

Bab was a 38-foot section motorboat of the high-speed "sea sled" design built in 1917 at Boston, Massachusetts, by Murray and Tregurtha Company. She was leased by the Navy for $1.00 from Milton Wilson of Chicago, Illinois; and designated as a section patrol craft, SP-116; and delivered on 6 October 1917.

World War I service

Assigned to the 9th Naval District, Bab patrolled the waters of Lake Michigan until the onset of winter caused her to be laid up.

Post-war disposition

Eventually judged “not suitable for naval use,” Bab was returned to her owner for the sum of $1.00 on 31 December 1918.

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