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Absegami (SP 371)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Fox - Vice - Tare


  • Built in 1916 by the New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Co, New York City, NY
  • Commissioned 30 April 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 2 May 1917
  • Decommissioned 2 December 1918
  • Returned to her owner 6 December 1918
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 51 t.
  • Length 75'
  • Beam 16'
  • Draft 3' 6"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement: 11
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 65hp 6-cylinder Buda Heavy duty gasoline engine, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Absegami 71k Photographed circa 1916-1917
    U.S. Navy photos NH 95899 and NH 100892
    Naval Historical Center
    Absegami 107k
    USS Absegami (SP 371)
    Absegami 92k Photographed circa 1917-1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 57710
    Naval Historical Center
    SC-23 173k Moored forward of SP-1595. On the opposite side of the pier are SC-23 and an unidentified SC.
    Photographer: Joseph N. Pearce, Philadelphia, January 15, 1919
    National Archives photo 165WW
    Dan Treadwell

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS William Gibbons Morse, USNRF30 April 1917 - 11 September 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Absegami (SP-371) was a motor boat built in 1916 at New York City by the New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Co., acquired by the Navy on free lease from her owner, Allen K. White, Atlantic City, N.J., on 2 May 1917; and commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 30 April 1917, Ens. W. G. Morse in command.

    Following her commissioning, Absegami was assigned to section patrol duty in the 4th Naval District. Throughout World War 1, the boat patrolled the Delaware Bay and Atlantic waters off Cape May, N.J. Absegami was decommissioned at Philadelphia on 2 December 1918 and returned to her owner four days later.

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