USS St. Sebastian (SP-470)
USS St. Sebastian (SP-470) sometime between 1917 and 1919. The patrol boat USS War Bug (SP-1795) is in the left background.
|Name:||USS St. Sebastian|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Captain R. D. Hardee, St. Sebastian, Florida|
|Acquired:||25 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||9 August 1917|
|Struck:||24 April 1919or 4 October 1919|
|Fate:||Wrecked 9 September 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat St. Sebastian until June 1917|
|Length:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Beam:||12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)|
St. Sebastian was built as a private motorboat of the same name by Captain R. D. Hardee at St. Sebastian, Florida. On 25 June 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, J. W. Taylor of Marathon, Florida, for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned as USS St. Sebastian (SP-470) on 9 August 1917.
St. Sebastian operated on patrol duty in Florida waters for the rest of World War I and into early 1919. She was out of commission and awaiting sale when she became one of several section patrol boats destroyed at Key West, Florida, on 9 September 1919 by the Florida Keys Hurricane.
Sources vary as to when St. Sebastian was stricken from the Navy List. It may have occurred on 24 April 1919 in advance of her being put up for sale or on 4 October 1919 after her destruction.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Saint Sebastian (SP-470), 1917–1919. Originally the civilian motor boat St. Sebastian.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: St. Sebastian (SP 470)