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Betty Jane 1

(MB: l. 36'0"; b. 6'6"; dr. 2'4" (aft); s. 24 k.)

Soon after the United States entered World War I, Betty Jane 1 (Id. No. 3458)--a motorboat constructed in 1913 at Bayonne, N.J., by Elco--was acquired by the Navy on free lease from Mr. Percy Ballentyne of South Montrose, Pa., on 4 September 1917 and commissioned later that day. Assigned to the 6th Naval District, she spent the remainder of the war patrolling the southeastern coast of the United States. On 17 January 1919, some two months after the armistice ended hostilities, she was returned to her owner; and her name was struck from the Navy list.

Raymond A. Mann



26 January 2006