From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. I p 52


Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

(PY: dp. 1500 ; 1. 302' ; b. 35'6'' ; dr. 16'6'' ; s. 15 k. ;cpl. 132; a. 4 3'')

Aphrodite (SP 135) was launched in March 1898 byBath Iron Works, Ltd., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Miss Vivie Scott; free leased to the Navy 3 May 1917; and commissioned 29 May 1917, Lieutenant Commander R. P. Craft in command.

Aphrodite departed New York 14 June 1917 as part of the escort for Group 11 of the first Allied Expeditionary Force convoy to France. Until the Armistice, she performed patrol and escort duty out of Bordeaux, France. Aphrodite remained in European waters until June 1919, attached to Squadron 3, Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet, as station ship at Harwich, England, and Hamburg, Germany. Returning to New York 29 June 1919, she was decommissioned 12 July 1919 and returned to her owner the same day.