From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
A former name retained.
(SP - 1181: t. 11; l. 54'; b. 12'; dr. 3½'; s. 9 k.; a. 2 6-pdr.)
The second Gretchen, a motor boat, was built by White of Belhaven, N.C., in 1902, taken over by the government from her owners, the North Carolina Fisheries Commission, 20 August 1917, and commissioned 24 August 1917 at Oriental, N.C., Master I. H. Scarborough, USNRF, in command.
After fitting out at Norfolk, Va., Gretchen was assigned to patrol station at Wanchese, N.C., and cruised Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds for the months of her commissioned service. She also performed inspection and patrol duties for the North Carolina Fisheries Commission during the period. Gretchen was decommissioned and simultaneously returned to her owners by the 5th Naval District 1 January 1919.
Transcribed by Yves HUBERT (firstname.lastname@example.org)