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Sturdy (SP 82)


  • Built in 1905 by the New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 May 1917
  • Commissioned 25 June 1917
  • Decommissioned 9 October 1919
  • Struck from the Navy Register 13 January 1920
  • Sold 30 March 1920
  • Registered in 1927 to Olivia H. Slade of Mamaroneck, NY as the yacht Rugged
  • Registered in 1931 to Robert S. Marvin of White Plains, NY as the yacht Rugged
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 52 t.
  • Length 75'
    1927 - 58.4'
  • Beam 15'
    1927 - 15.4'
  • Draft 5' 6"
    1927 - 7.8'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 14
    1927 - Two
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 50hp 4-cylinder Twentieth Century gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Sturdy 233k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42424
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Sturdy (SP 82)
    Sturdy 117k In port during the World War I era, possibly while awaiting disposal in 1919-1920. The large pilothouse behind and above her deckhouse was installed during her Navy service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102242
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Sturdy (SP-82) was built in 1905 by the New York Yacht, Launch, and Engine Co., Morris Heights, N.Y. The motor boat was acquired by the Navy on 25 May 1917 from J. A. Nickelson of Morris Heights, N.Y.; and was commissioned on 25 June 1917.

    Sturdy was assigned to the 3d Naval District and served as a net tender until placed on sale on 9 October 1919. She was struck from the Navy list on 13 January 1920 and sold on 30 March 1920.

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