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Beluga (SP 536)


  • Built in 1911 as Gaviota by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Baluga (SP 536), 15 May 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 25 November 1918 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 42 t.
  • Length 73'
  • Beam 13' 9"
  • Draft 4' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 10
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 40ihp 4-cylinder Murray and Tregurtha gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Beluga 193k Coarse screen halftone newspaper reproduction of a photograph taken prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99223
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS David N. Bosworth, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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