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Perfecto (SP 86)


  • Built in 1917 by the Greenpoint Basin and Construction Co., Greenpoint, Long Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 June 1917
  • Commissioned 25 June 1917
  • Returned to her owner 18 February 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Length 60'
  • Beam 10'
  • Draft 2' 10"
  • Speed 26 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 275hp 6-cylinder Duesenberg gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Perfecto 60k Shown on trials making 30.05 knots
    Photo by M. Rosenfeld, New York
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 96619
    Naval Historical Center
    Perfecto 32k Shown on trials making 30.05 knots
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96620
    SP-689 65k USS Riette (SP-107) in an icy harbor, circa 1917-1919. Partially visible, at left, are Uncas (SP 689) and Perfecto
    U. S. Navy photo NH 102163

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Richard H. Hill, USNRF1918
    02ENS F. A. Allen, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Perfecto (SP-86) was built in 1917 by Greenpoint Basin and Construction Co., Greenpoint, L.I.; leased by the Navy from J.J. Phelps, Hackensack, N.J. 22 June 1917; and placed in service 25 June 1917.

    During World War I, Perfecto operated in the 5th Naval District, headquartered at Norfolk. She patrolled along the Atlantic coast and kept watch against the U-boat threat. After war-time service and decommissioning, the motorboat was returned to her owner 18 February 1919.

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