USS Althea (SP-218)
USS Althea (SP-218) was a 60-foot motor pleasure boat that served in the United States Navy from 1917-1919 and was sunk by ice in 1920.
Althea, likely before 1917
|Owner:||James H. Moore / U.S. Navy / G. F. Colton|
|Builder:||William Whitlesey Co., Astoria, New York|
|Acquired:||15 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||12 May 1917|
|Decommissioned:||2 August 1919|
|Struck:||2 August 1919|
|Fate:||Sank, 18 March 1920; sold for salvage, 12 May 1920; abandoned, 1926|
|Displacement:||25 long tons (25 t)|
|Length:||60 ft (18 m)|
|Beam:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 3-pounder, 2 × machine guns|
Althea was built by the William Whitlesey Co. in the Steinway area of Astoria, Queens, New York, in 1907 for James H. Moore. She was taken over by the Navy on 12 May 1917 and placed in commission as USS Althea (SP-218) under the command of Ensign E. L. Anderson, USNRF. Formally purchased a month after commissioning, she was employed on Great Lakes section patrol and training duties under the 9th Naval District, operating out of Detroit, Michigan, for the rest of World War I and for several months after the war.
Althea was laid up for the winter on 14 November 1917, and returned to duty in May 1918. On 2 August 1919, she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, and laid up at the Naval Training Station, Detroit.