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Rutoma

 

Rutoma retained her second mercantile name in United States Navy service.

 

(SP - 78: tonnage 29; length 68; beam 12; draft 36; depth of hold 59; speed 12 knots; complement 9; armament 1 1-pounder, 2 machine guns)

 

Rutoma was built during 1910 by Seabury Co., Morris Heights, N.Y., as the wooden private boat Manchonac; acquired on 18 April 1917 for United States Navy service as a patrol boat under her second name Rutoma from her owner, Graham T. Thompson of New Haven, Conn.; and commissioned on 26 April 1917, Ens. George D. Atwood, USNRF, in command.

 

Rutoma patrolled in the 3d Naval District during 1917 and 1918, operating in Long Island Sound and eastward to New Haven, Conn. Transferred to New York at war's end, Rutoma was rammed and sunk on 21 February 1918 by the tug S.S. John L. Lewis off Pier No. 6 in the East River, N.Y. The patrol boat was raised the following day by salvage crews from the salvage vessel Resolute, Rutoma was subsequently sold on 16 September 1919 to Reinhard Hall of Brooklyn, N.Y., remaining on mercantile registers into the 1930s.


21 October 2005