USS Josephine (SP-1243)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Josephine and USS Josephine H. II.
U.S. Navy service.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Josephine
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Peter Grutti Shipyards, New Orleans, Louisiana
Completed: 1905
Acquired: 27 October 1917
Commissioned: 5 November 1917
Decommissioned: 6 December 1918
Fate: Returned to owners
Notes: Operated as civilian yacht Josephine 1905-1917 and from December 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 32 tons
Length: 82 ft (25 m)
Beam: 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Draft: 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Propulsion: Diesel engine
Speed: 12 knots
Armament: 1 x 3-pounder gun
1 x 1-pounder gun

The second USS Josephine (SP-1243) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918.

Josephine was built as a civilian motor yacht of the same name in 1905 by the Peter Grutti Shipyards at New Orleans, Louisiana. The U.S. Navy acquired her at New Orleans from her owners, Lee H. Tate et al. of St. Louis, Missouri, on 27 October 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Josephine (SP-1243) on 5 November 1917 with Ensign J. S. Waterman, Jr., USNRF, in command.

Attached to the 8th Naval District and based at Burrwood, Louisiana, Josephine patrolled the Southwest Pass, the lower Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico on the section patrol for the remainder of World War I.

Josephine was decommissioned on 6 December 1918 and was returned to Tate and his co-owners.

Josephine should not be confused with two other patrol vessels, USS Josephine (SP-913) and USS Josephine (SP-3295), which also were in commission in the U.S. Navy during World War I.


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  • NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Josephine (SP 1243)
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