USS Ionita (SP-388)
Ionita (U.S. Motor Boat, 1914) underway circa 1914-17, probably in the vicinity of Detroit, Michigan.
|Namesake:||A former name retained|
|Owner:||R. A. Newman of Detroit, Michigan|
|Builder:||Church Boat Works, Trenton, Michigan|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||by the Navy 16 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||23 September 1917 as USS Ionita (SP-388)|
|Fate:||Sold 20 November 1919|
USS Ionita (SP-388) was a yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. Ionita was outfitted by the Navy as a patrol craft and reported to the Commander, 9th Naval District, headquartered at Lake Bluff, Illinois. Ionita patrolled the Detroit River and was struck by the Navy at war’s end.
Built in Michigan
Ionita (SP-388), a 55-foot-long motor yacht, was built by Church Boat Works, Trenton, Michigan, in 1914 for use as a pleasure craft on the Great Lakes. She was acquired by the Navy from her owner, R. A. Newman of Detroit, Michigan, 16 August 1917; and commissioned as USS Ionita (SP-388) 23 September 1917, with William W. Ford, USNRF, in command.
World War I service
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Motor Boat Ionita (1914); Later USS Ionita (SP-388), 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Ionita (SP 388)