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Polly (SP 690)

Polly served both the U. S. Navy and the Department of Commerce.


  • Built in 1909 as Howmornel by the New York Yacht, Launch and Engineering Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Renamed Kahkin IV and Polly
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Polly (SP 690), 15 May 1917
  • Struck from the Naval Register 11 March 1919
  • Transferred to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Fisheries, 9 September 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 28 t.
  • Length 61' 9"
  • Beam 11'
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement: Ten
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 35hp 4-cylinder Twentieth Century gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Motorboat Kahkin IV
    Polly 112k Underway, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102136
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Polly (SP 690)
    Polly 84k In port during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102137
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Quartermaster H. L. Wakeman, USNRF15 May 1917
    02ENS Laurence Benjamin Siegfried, USNRFOctober 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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