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Edith M. III (SP 196)


  • Built in 1909 by V. J. Osborn, Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 June 1917
  • Commissioned 5 November 1917
  • Decommissioned 8 May 1919
  • Struck from the Navy Register 2 July 1919 and sold
  • Registered in 1926 to George W. Rogers Contracting Corp. of New York, NY as a tugboat
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 22 t.
  • Length 59'
    1926 - 49.1'
  • Beam 15' 6"
    1926 - 15.3'
  • Draft 4' 1"
    1926 - 4.5'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 11
    1926 - Two
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 65hp 4-cylinder 20th Century gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Motorboat Edith M. III
    Edith M. III 131k Taken prior to World War I, showing the craft flying a large banner featuring her name and with her deck crowded with people
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99320
    Robert Hurst
    USS Edith M. III (SP 196)
    Rutoma 73k In port during World War I. She is partially visible at left astern of Rutoma (SP 78)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102168
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Edith M. III (No. 196), a motorboat, was built by V. J. Osborn, Croton-on the-Hudson, N.Y., in 1909; purchased by the Navy in June 1917; and commissioned on 6 November 1917, Boatswain A. R. Mulkins, USNRF, in command. She was assigned to the 3d Naval District where she passed World War I carrying men and provisions around New York Harbor. Decommissioned on 8 May 1919, Edith M. III was sold on 2 July 1919.

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