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Xarifa (SP 581)

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1894 as Xarifa by John S. White and Co., Ltd., Cowes, Isle of Wight, England for C. N. Nelson of New York
  • Renamed Ophelie
  • Renamed Xarifa in 1911
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 August 1917
  • Commissioned USS Xarifa (SP 581), 23 February 1918 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1919
  • Returned to her owner 4 May 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 378 t.
  • Length 192'
  • Beam 27'
  • Depth of hold 15' 5"
  • Draft 13' 6"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 71
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 600hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Yacht Xarifa
    Xarifa 138k Under sail prior to World War I
    Photographed by Greene, Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99661
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Xarifa (SP 581)
    Xarifa 54k In harbor, circa 1918-1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102574
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Frederick J. Littlefield, USNRF23 February 1918
    02LT Joseph B. Nevins, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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