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Edith M. III (SP 196)


Motorboat: Built in 1909 by V. J. Osborn, Croton-on the-Hudson, NY; Acquired by the Navy in June 1917; Commissioned, 6 November 1917; Decommissioned, 8 May 1919; Sold, 2 July 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement unknown; Length 59'; Beam 16' 6"; Draft 4' 6"; Speed 9 kts.; Complement 11; Armament one 1-pounder.


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Motorboat Edith M. III
Edith M. III 131k Taken prior to World War I, showing the craft flying a large banner featuring her name and with her deck crowded with people.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99320
Robert Hurst
USS Edith M. III (SP 196)
Rutoma 73k In port during World War I. She is partially visible at left.
U.S. Navy photo NH 102168
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Edith M. III (No. 196), a motorboat, was built by V. J. Osborn, Croton-on the-Hudson, N.Y., in 1909; purchased by the Navy in June 1917; and commissioned on 6 November 1917, Boatswain A. R. Mulkins, USNRF, in command. She was assigned to the 3d Naval District where she passed World War I carrying men and provisions around New York Harbor. Decommissioned on 8 May 1919, Edith M. III was sold on 2 July 1919.

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