USS Hippocampus (SP-654)
Hand written notes are on the original print, which is mounted on Hippocampus' "SP" data card, and reflect the compensation paid to the boat's owner for her use by the Navy during World War I.
|Career (USA)||Union Navy Jack 100x35px|
|Namesake:||name previously retained|
|Launched:||1913 at New York City|
|Acquired:||21 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||25 June 1917|
|Fate:||returned to her owner on 5 April 1919|
|Armament:||one 11-pounder gun|
Built in New York
Hippocampus, a gasoline-powered yacht, was built by New York Yacht, Launch, & Engine Co. in 1912–1913 and was leased by the Navy from her owner, James F. Porter, of Chicago, Illinois, 21 June 1917. She was commissioned 25 June at Rockland, Maine, Chief Boatswain's Mate F. L. Greene in command.
World War I service
Post-war Hippocampus was decommissioned 30 November 1918 and returned to her owner 5 April 1919, who was paid $1847.85 for the use of his vessel ($500 for loss of use by the owner, and $1,347.85 for refurbishment to return the craft to its pre-war condition).
This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. The Hippocampus is currently owned by Capt. Ellic C. Mottram of Jonesport, ME. She is currently undergoing a full restoration to her original Yacht condition and is expected to be completed by 2013.