USS Josephine (SP-1243)
Josephine as a civilian yacht sometime between 1905 and 1917, prior to her U.S. Navy service.
|Career (United States)||100x35px|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Peter Grutti Shipyards, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Acquired:||27 October 1917|
|Commissioned:||5 November 1917|
|Decommissioned:||6 December 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owners|
|Notes:||Operated as civilian yacht Josephine 1905-1917 and from December 1918|
|Length:||82 ft (25 m)|
|Beam:||12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)|
1 x 3-pounder gun|
1 x 1-pounder gun
Josephine was built as a civilian motor yacht of the same name in 1905 by the Peter Grutti Shipyards at New Orleans, Louisiana. The U.S. Navy acquired her at New Orleans from her owners, Lee H. Tate et al. of St. Louis, Missouri, on 27 October 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Josephine (SP-1243) on 5 November 1917 with Ensign J. S. Waterman, Jr., USNRF, in command.
Attached to the 8th Naval District and based at Burrwood, Louisiana, Josephine patrolled the Southwest Pass, the lower Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico on the section patrol for the remainder of World War I.
Josephine was decommissioned on 6 December 1918 and was returned to Tate and his co-owners.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Navy History and Heritage Command: Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Josephine (Motor Yacht, 1905); Later USS Josephine (SP-1243), 1917-1918
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Josephine (SP 1243)