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Nautilus II (SP 559)


  • Built in 1917 as Number 74 by the Kyle and Purdy Shipyard, City Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 August 1917
  • Commissioned USS Nautilus II (SP 559), 9 October 1917
  • Decommissioned 14 February 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 23 t.
  • Length 66'
  • Beam 11' 6"
  • Draft 3' 1"
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
  • Propulsion: Two 100hp 6-cylinder Van Blerck gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Nautilus II
    Nautilus II 97k Artwork prepared before the boat's completion, possibly for advertising use
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99982
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Nautilus II (SP 599)
    Nautilus II 74k Photographed during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102057
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Nautilus II, a motor boat, was built by Kyle & Purdy Shipyard, City Island, N.Y., in 1917; acquired by the Navy under free lease from her owner, E. Diekenson, 17 August 1917; enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve, and commissioned 9 October 1917, Boatswain J. [John] C. Welply, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, Nautilus II served throughout World War I as a section and shore patrol boat out of New York City. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 14 February 1919 and was returned to her owner the same day.

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