- USS Alpha (SP-586)
USS "Alpha" (SP-586) was a
motor yachtthat served as a patrol boatin the United States Navyduring World War I
"Alpha", a convert|56|ft|m|adj=on motor yacht, was built in 1911 at
Riverside, Rhode Island, by the Narragansett Bay Yacht Yard. She was purchased by the Navy on 19 May 1917from Joel Fischer and commissioned that same day.cite web | url = http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/a7/alpha-ii.htm | title = "Alpha" | work = Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships| publisher = United States Navy| accessdate = 2008-03-16 ] Assigned to the 2d Naval District section patrol, "Alpha" patrolled the waters of southern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The motorboat served the Navy through the end of World War I and into 1919.
23 December 1918, "Alpha" suffered a fire while at Melville, Rhode Island. The Navy tug USS|Mariner|SP-1136|2 steamed from Newport to assist "Alpha" and her crew. [cite web | last = Cressman | first = Robert J. | url = http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/m4/mariner-i.htm | title = "Mariner" | work = Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships| publisher = United States Navy| date = 2006-07-13| accessdate = 2008-03-16 ]
Her name was struck from the Navy list on
17 May 1919, and she was sold to Arthur Palmer of Quincy, Massachusetts, on 28 August 1919. Her ultimate fate is unknown.
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