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Desire (SP 786)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Dog - Fox - Nan


  • Built in 1913 by J. W. Munn, Galveston, TX
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 June 1917
  • Placed in service 14 June 1917
  • Placed out of service 2 January 1919 and returned to her owner, Clifford Abeles of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 73 t.
  • Length 90'
  • Beam 16.1'
  • Draft 4' 1"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 19
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 75hp 6-cylinder Buffalo gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Desire 87k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94472
    Naval Historical Center
    Desire 142k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service, probably in a Caribbean area port
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94473
    Desire 69k c. 1930 Maunsel White

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