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Letter B (SP 732)


  • Built in 1912 by the Elco Co., Bayonne, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 May 1917
  • Commissioned 20 October 1917 at Norfolk, VA
  • Returned to her owner 29 April 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Length 40'
  • Beam 6'
  • Draft 2'
  • Speed 30 kts.
  • Complement: Four
  • Propulsion: One 100hp 4-cylinder Sterling gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Letter B 85k Photographed prior to her World War I service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102005
    Naval Historical Center
    Letter B 81k In port with other small craft and a yacht, probably at the time she was acquired by the Navy in May 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99543
    Robert Hurst

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