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Letter B (S. P. 732)

(SP-732: l. 40'; b. 6'; dr. 2'; s. 30 k.; cpl. 3; a. none)

A former name retained.

Letter B, a motorboat, was built in 1912 by Elco Co., Bayonne, N.J.; acquired by the Navy under free lease 7 May 1917 from her owner, C. Chester Eaton, Brocton, Mass.; enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 10 May 1917; and commissioned 20 October 1917 at Norfolk, Quartermaster First Class L. C. Chamberlain, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 5th Naval District, Norfolk, Va., Letter B throughout World War I served as harbor and shore patrol boat at Norfolk and Hampton Roads. In addition she served as a duty and emergency boat for seaplanes at Norfolk Naval Air Station. After the Armistice, she was returned to her owner 29 April 1919.

Published: Tue Feb 09 08:59:13 EST 2016