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Surf (SP 518)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Fox - Jig - Dog

Yacht:

  • Built in 1898 by Ramage and Ferguson, Leith, Scotland for E. D. Lambert of Berkshire, England.
  • Surf was made available to the Navy by her owner, Dr. John A. Harriss of New York City who acquired Surf earlier in the year. However, she was never commissioned but was returned to her owner on 29 September 1917
  • Records of that time show that in May 1917, Dr. Harriss loaned the Surf to the Navy and the American Red Cross for use as an Ambulance ship. Dr. Harriss assumed all costs for maintenance of the ship and he also paid the
    salaries of the doctors and nurses datailed to the ship.
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 398 t.
  • Length 198'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 11' 9"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Propulsion: One 650ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Surf 42k c. 1903
    Detroit Photographic Co. photo No. 021745
    Library of Congress

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:In 1917, Surf (SP-518)-a steam yacht built in 1898 at Leith, Scotland, by Ramage and Ferguson- was made available to the Navy by her owner, J. A. Harris of New York City. However, she was never commissioned but was returned to her owner on 29 September 1917.

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