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Ameera (SP 453)


  • Built in 1917 by the Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ
  • Purchased by the Navy 23 July 1917
  • Commissioned 13 August 1917
  • Placed in reduced commission, in June 1919 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 July 1919
  • Decommissioned in September 1919
  • Sold 27 April 1920
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 13.4 t.
  • Length 71' 3"
  • Beam 10' 8"
  • Draft 3' 6"
  • Speed 25 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 300hp 6-cylinder Dusenberg gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Ameera 87k Photographed during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 57600
    Naval Historical Center
    Ameera 78k Underway, circa 1918, while serving in the 4th Naval District
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94150

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Ameera was a motorboat built in 1917 at Camden, N.J., by the Mathis Yacht Building Co.; purchased by the Navy from Alexander Sellers, Ardmore, Pa., on 23 July 1917, designated SP-453 and placed in commission on 11 August 1917, Chief Boatswain's Mate C. E. Pearson in command.

    Following her commissioning, Ameera was assigned to patrol duty in the 4th Naval District. After World War I ended in November 1918 the ship performed dispatch and port duties at Philadelphia, Pa., until she was placed in reduced commission at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in June 1919. On 24 July 1919 Ameera was ordered to be sold. She was decommissioned in September 1919 and was sold at auction on 27 April 1920 to Mr. T. E. Mitten.

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