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Nemes (SP 424)

Sank 21 August 1917


  • Built in 1909 by Van Deise, Camden, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 July 1917
  • Burned and sank 21 August 1917 at Cotteral Bay, FL near Key West, no lives lost, six men burned.


  • Displacement 18 t.
  • Length 50' 2"
  • Beam 10' 5"
  • Draft 2' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun.
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    Nemes 134k In port, dressed with flags, prior to World War I
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 99983
    Robert Hurst
    Nemes 49k Photographed prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102060
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Nemes, a motor boat built in 1909 by Van Deise, Camden, N.J., was acquired by the Navy from J. C. Noblit, Germantown, Pa., 10 July 1917; and placed in service shortly thereafter, Boatswain W. H. Noblit in command.

    Operating in the 7th Naval District, headquartered at Key West during World War I, Nemes met with ill fate soon after beginning her service. Scheduled to patrol around Key West, she pulled into Cotteral Bay for cleaning in August; while there, an explosion rocked the ship 21 August 1917 causing her to burn and sink.

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