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Caprice (SP 703)


  • Built in 1914 by the Electric Launch Co., Bayonne, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 May 1917
  • Commissioned 24 August 1917
  • Decommissioned 24 January 1919 and returned to her owner, William Sloan of Norfolk, VA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 10 t.
  • Length 45' 10"
  • Beam 10' 6"
  • Draft 4' 3"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 37hp 4-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Caprice 117k Halftone reproduction, published with an Electric Launch Company (ELCO) advertisement in a pre-World War I boating publication. The motor pleasure boat Caprice was of this design
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99880-KN
    Naval Historical Center

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