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Marpessa (SP 787)


  • Built in 1916 by the Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 August 1917
  • Commissioned 1 October 1917
  • Returned to her owner 7 January 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 17 t.
  • Length 50'
  • Beam 10' 1"
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 11
  • Armament: One machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 105hp 6-cylinder Van Blerck gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Marpessa 92k Photo from the January 1917 edition of The Rudder magazine Joe Radigan

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