Owaissa, a 77' 9" motor boat, was built in 1912 by the New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Company of Morris Heights, New York, for use as a pleasure craft. Leased by the Navy in July 1917, she was placed in commission as USS Owaissa (SP-659) in November of that year. For the rest of World War I she served on patrol service in the vicinity of Wood's Hole, Massachusetts. USS Owaissa was decommissioned and returned to her owner in January 1919.
This page features the only view we have concerning the motor boat Owaissa, which served as USS Owaissa (SP-659) in 1917-1919.
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Photo #: NH 99499
Owaissa (American Motor Boat, 1912)
Hauled out of the water, prior to World War I.
Leased by the Navy for World War I service, this motor boat was commissioned as USS Owaissa (SP-659) on 6 November 1917. She was returned to her owner on 3 January 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Note: The original print for this photograph was mounted on the "SP" data card for Katie (SP-660), probably as a result of a clerical error when the card was originally prepared in 1917. Despite the name "Katie" written in pencil on the original print, the name "Owaissa" is visible on the name board above the boat's forward superstructure.
Page made 31 August 2004