The 50-foot motor boat St. Sebastian, which had been built before World War I at St. Sebastian, Florida, was acquired by the Navy in June 1917. Placed in commission in August of that year as USS St. Sebastian (SP-470), she was subsquently employed in Florida waters as a patrol boat. The craft was destroyed by a hurricane at Key West while awaiting sale in September 1919.
This page features our only views of the motor boat St. Sebastian and USS St. Sebastian (SP-470).
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Photo #: NH 102172
USS St. Sebastian (SP-470)
Moored in port, circa 1917-1919.
This motor boat was acquired by the Navy on 25 June 1917 and commissioned on 9 August 1917. Stricken on 24 April 1919, she was wrecked along with seven other "SP" boats in a hurricane at Key West, Florida, while awaiting sale in September 1919.
The Herreshoff-type patrol boat in the left background appears to be USS War Bug (SP-1795).
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 47KB; 740 x 425 pixels
Additional view: Photo # NH 102146, a view of the patrol boat Rondo (SP-90), shows USS St. Sebastian partially visible in the right background.
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds one other view of the motor boat St. Sebastian,
taken prior to her Naval service.
Page made 6 January 2003