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Reposo II (SP 198)


Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1882 as the private yacht Sophia by the Greenpoint Basin and Construction Co., Greenpoint, Long Island, NY
  • Renamed Empress
  • Rebuilt in 1902
  • Renamed Onondaga and subsequently bearing the names Turbese and Reposo II
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Reposo II (SP 198), 15 May 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 16 December 1918
  • Decommissioned 24 December 1918 at the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
  • Sold 8 August 1919
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 157 t.
  • Length 140'
  • Beam 17' 1"
  • Draft 6' 10"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 24
  • Armament: One 3-pounder, two machine guns and one Y-gun depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: One Almy boiler, one vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Turbese
    Reposo II 127k Halftone reproduction of a pre-World War I photograph
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102157
    Naval Historical Center
    Reposo II 92k Photographed in port, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102159
    USS Reposo II (SP 198)
    Reposo II 105k USS Camden (ID 3143), later AS-6 at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 11 June 1917, while under conversion from the German cargo steamship Kiel. Reposo II is tied up on the near side of the pier
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55042
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Reposo II was originally built in 1882 as the private yacht Sophia; subsequently renamed Empress; and rebuilt during 1902 by Greenpoint Const. Co., Greenpoint, Long Island, N. Y., and reregistered as Onondaga. Subsequently bearing the names Turbese and Reposo II, she was acquired 7 April 1917 by the U.S. Navy and commissioned about 21 May 1917, Lt. W. S. Harris in command.

    Reposo II patrolled the coastline between Key West, Fla., and Brunswick, Ga., into 1918. From May to December 1918 she remained at anchor in the Charleston Navy Yard, decommissioning there on 24 December 1918. Reposo II was sold 8 August 1919 to John Pelly of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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