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Owaissa SP-659

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(SP-659: t. 64; 1. 77'9"; b. 17'; dr. 4'; s. 8 k.; cpl. 13, a. 1 3-par, 1 mg.)

Owaissa, a wooden motor boat built in 1912 as Marie by New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Co., Morris Heights, N.Y., was acquired by the Navy, under free lease as Owaissa from E. B. Dickerson 11 July 1917; and commissioned 6 November 1917, Ens. C. H. Robinson in command.

Operating in the 1st Naval District, headquartered at
Boston during World War I, Owaissa patrolled in and around Wood's Hole, speaking to various vessels to determine their identification. In 1918 she spent the summer on outward patrol, working with SP-S4, SP-60, SP-1196, SP-642, and SC-16Y. In August she began to patrol Vineyard Sound. In December she steamed via Newport to the New York Yacht Club dock. After decommissioning at the Material Section Dock, she was returned to her owner 3 January 1919.