(Motor Boat: displacement 11; length 52'; beam 11'4"; draft 3'; speed 21 miles per hour; complement 6; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)
Babette II (SP-484)--a motorboat built in 1917 at Morris Heights, NewYork, by the Gas Engine and Power Company and Charles L. Seabury Company--was acquired by the Navy on free lease from Mr. Henry Goldman, of New York City, during the summer of 1917 and commissioned at New York on 25 July 1917. Assigned to the 5th Naval District section patrol, Babette II served as a transportation and inspection boat, carrying inspectors to and from ships anchored in Hampton Roads and conducting radio and ordnance inspection work. On occasion, she was also used by the special aide to the Commandant, 5th Naval District, and by the Commander, District Forces Afloat. Babette II continued that duty until about a month after the end of hostilities in World War I. On 15 December 1918, she headed back to New York where she was decommissioned and returned to her owner on 17 January 1919. Presumably, her name was simultaneously struck from the Navy list.
Raymond A. Mann
8 March 2006