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Nemesis (SP 343)


  • Built in 1896 by G. Smith, Patchogue, Long Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 May 1917
  • Placed in service 7 June 1917
  • Returned to her owner 14 December 1918
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 10 t.
  • Length 41' 9"
  • Beam 12' 3"
  • Draft 2' 6"
  • Speed 6.8 kts.
  • Complement: Five
  • Armament: One .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 18hp 4-cylinder Bridgeport gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Nemesis 231k Photo from the 10 July 1917 edition of MOtorBoating magazine Joe Radigan
    Photo added 29 October 2020
    Sunbeam III 52k c. Late summer 1917
    U.S. Naval Reserve Force Section Base No. 5, West Sayville, Long Island, NY
    USS See W. See (SP 740), the USS Sunbeam III (SP 251) and the Nemesis
    Photo courtesy of the Long Island Maritime Museum
    William L. Baxter

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Motor boat Nemesis, built in 1896 by G. Smith, Patchogue, L.I., was acquired by the Navy 25 May 1917 under free lease from W. L. Suydan, Else Point, L.I. and placed in service 7 June 1917 for use on section patrol in the 3rd Naval District during World War I. She was returned to her owner 14 December 1918.

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