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Mary Pope (SP 291)


Motorboat: Built in 1915 as Manitee by the Gass Engineering and Power Co. and C. L. Seabury, Morris Heights, NY; Renamed Madge; Acquired by the Navy 7 July 1917; Commissioned USS Mary Pope (SP 291), 9 August 1917; Struck from the Navy list, 31 March 1919; Destroyed in a hurricane 10 September 1919 while awaiting sale.

Specifications: Displacement 13 t.; Length 52'; Beam 8' 5"; Draft 2' 7"; Speed 14.7 kts.; Complement four; Armament one machine gun; Propulsion gasoline, one shaft.


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Size Image Description Source
Motorboat Manitee
Mary Pope 130k Mary Pope with interior general arrangement plan, printed in contemporary yachting magazine. The photo was probably taken when the boat was new, and had the name Manitee
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99591
Robert Hurst
USS Mary Pope (SP 291)
Mary Pope 120k Photographed circa 1917-19
Naval Historical Center photo NH 102015
Robert Hurst

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Mary Pope (SP-291), a wooden-hulled motorboat built in 1915 as Manitee and later renamed Madge by Gass Engineering and Power Co. and C. L. Seabury, Morris Heights, N.Y., was purchased by the Navy from R. W. Bingham 9 August 1917.

After serving on section patrol through the remainder of World War I, Mary Pope was struck from the Navy list 31 March 1919. However, while still in custody of the Navy, she was wrecked 10 September 1919.

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