USS Bab (SP-116)
USS Bab (SP-116) hauled out of the water during World War I.
|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|
|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|
|Fate:||Returned to her owner for the sum of $1.00 on 31 December 1918|
|Tonnage:||7 gross tons|
|Propulsion:||Internal combustion engine|
|Speed:||36 miles per hour|
|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.
Eventually judged “not suitable for naval use,” Bab was returned to her owner for the sum of $1.00 on 31 December 1918.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- USS Bab (SP-116), 1917-1918