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Adroit (SP 248)

Patrol Yacht: Built in 1907 as Winchester by Robert Jacob, City Island, NY; Renamed Adroit in 1916; Acquired by the Navy in 1917 and assigned the identification number SP-248; Never commissioned; Returned to her owner 30 April 1918. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 147 t.; Length 141'; Beam 15' 6"; Draft 5' 6"; Speed 17½ kts.; Complement 23; Armament none.

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Adroit 107k Photo courtesy of City Island Nautical Museum Tom Nye
Adroit 135k Underway, circa 1907-1916
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99153
Robert Hurst

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


Adroit (SP-248)—a steam yacht built in 1907 at City Island, N.Y., by Robert Jacobs—was acquired by the Navy sometime late in 1917 from Mr. F. H. McAdoo of New York City. After she had begun fitting out under the direction of Lt. H. B. Peschau, NNV, Adroit was found to be highly unseaworthy and of extremely short cruising range. Consequently, she was never commissioned and was returned to her owner on 30 April 1918. Presumably, her name—which had appeared on the Navy list— was stricken from that list soon thereafter.

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