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Elf (SP 81)


Motorboat:

  • Built in 1917 by Stanley Vansant, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Commissioned 3 May 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 13 May 1917
  • Decommissioned 9 January 1919 and returned to her owner, Louis H. Eisenlohr of Philadelphia, PA
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 22 t.
  • Length 53'
  • Beam 12'
  • Draft 2' 3"
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 140hp 6-cylinder Van Blerck gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Elf 101k In port on a winter day, circa early 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 104062
    Naval Historical Center
    Elf 110k In a tropical harbor, circa early 1917.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 104063

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG H. J. Bowes, USN3 May 1917
    02ENS Henry I. Kyneman, USN1918
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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