The first and third ships named Albatross retained their former names. The others were named for any of the large, web-footed sea birds related to petrels.
(SP-1003; t. 4; 1. 39'0"; b. 9'0"; dr. 3'3"; s. 13 k.; 1 mg.)
The third Albatross (SP-1003)—a wooden-hulled motor launch built in 1912 by the Adams Shipbuilding Co., East Boothbay, Maine—was acquired by the Navy under a free lease from John R. Rothery of Boston, Mass., for service during World War I. Fitted out at the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard and commissioned there on 10 August 1917, the vessel was assigned to the 1st Naval District in which she served as a section patrol boat until February 1919. Following a period in lay-up, Albatross was returned to her owner on 1 May 1919.