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USS Abalone (SP-208)

Please seee below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Abalone (SP-208). 

USS Abalone a wooden-hulled motorboat constructed in 1913 at Morris Heights, N.Y., by the New York Launch & Engine Building Co. was acquired by the Navy on 27 April 1917 under a free lease from Arnold Schlaet of New York City and commissioned on 10 May 1917.

The sparse direct records of USS Abalone's day-to-day operations consist merely of a deck log, which does not even cover the craft's entire career. From other sources, though, we know that USS Abalone, given the identification number SP-208, was attached to the Third Naval District local patrol forces and was based at New Haven, Conn.

From that port, USS Abalone (SP-208) performed patrol missions with Squadrons 5 and 20. Following the signing of the armistice [11 November 1918], she was detached from that duty on 10 December 1918 and was returned to her previous owner a fortnight later, on Christmas Eve 1918.

For a full history of the USS Abalone (SP-208), please see its DANFS page.