USS Owera (SP-167)
USS Owera in a United States East Coast port ca. 1918. Destroyer tender USS Prairie is across the pier.
|Career (United States)||100x35px|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Ramage and Ferguson, Leith, Scotland|
|Acquired:||Formally leased 18 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||15 June 1917|
|Decommissioned:||6 January 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 8 January 1919|
|Notes:||Built as civilian yacht Owera|
|Tonnage:||426 gross tons|
|Length:||195 ft (59 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft (7.9 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
2 x 6-pounder guns|
2 x machine guns
Owera was built in 1907 by Ramage and Ferguson at Leith, Scotland, as a civilian yacht of the same name. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, United States Senator Peter G. Gerry of Rhode Island, for World War I service as a patrol vessel and commissioned her on 15 June 1917 as USS Owera (SP-167). The Navy formally leased her from Senator Gerry on 18 June 1917.
Operating in the 2nd Naval District out of Newport, Rhode Island, during World War I, Owera patrolled in the experimental submarine zone in Long Island Sound off New London, Connecticut, through most of her U.S. Navy career. Her duties included towing torpedo targets for submarine target practice.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Owera (SP-167), 1917-1919. Originally the steam yacht Owera
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Owera (SP 167)