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Margo (SP 870)

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


  • Built in 1913 by the Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 June 1917 and placed in service as USS Margo (SP 870)
  • Returned to her owner 4 December 1918
  • Registered in 1931 to Arthur T. Vance of Port Washington, NY as the yacht Pandora III
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 34 t.
  • Length 65'
    1931 - 57.5'
  • Beam 14'
    1931 - 13.7'
  • Draft 3' 6"
    1931 - 6.2'
  • Speed 8.6 kts.
  • Complement 11
    1931 - One
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 125hp 6-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Margo 82k Photographed off Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1917-1918
    U.S. Navy photos NH 46641 and NH 100232-A
    Naval Historical Center
    Margo 48k

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Rick F. Nowell, USNRF14 June 1917
    02ENS Roy E. Lees, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Margo (SP-870), a wooden-hulled motorboat, was built in 1913 by Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, N.J.; acquired by the Navy on a free-lease basis from G. H. McNelly, Philadelphia, Pa., 14 June 1917; and placed in service the same day, Ens. Rick F. Nowell, USNRF, in command.

    Margo served in the waters of the 4th Naval District, based at Philadelphia, during her brief naval career. Following the Armistice she was returned to her owner, 4 December 1918.

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