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Rutoma (SP 78)


  • Built in 1910 as Manchonac by the Gas Engine and Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Renamed Rutoma
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 April 1917
  • Commissioned 26 April 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 13 June 1919
  • Sold 16 September 1919
  • Remained in service into the 1930s
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 29 t.
  • Length 68'
  • Beam 12'
  • Draft 3' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 10
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 40hp 4-cylinder Speedway gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Rutoma 184k In port during World War I. USS Edith M. III (SP-196) is partially visible at left
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102168
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Rutoma 134k Photographed circa 1917-1918, probably in the vicinity of New York City. She appears to be under tow. Photographed looking over the stern of a small boat, whose transom appears to have been reinforced to mount an outboard motor
    Donation of Mrs. Juel M. Walker, 1980
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103210 and NH 103211
    Rutoma 137k
    Rutoma 140k Tied up astern of the Cornfield lightship, circa 1917-1918 [Off Old Saybrook, CT]
    Donation of Mrs. Juel M. Walker, 1980
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103212

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