(SP - 211: tonnage 288; length 177’; beam 23’; draft 11’6”; speed 13 knots; armament 2 3”, 2 machine guns)
Rambler (SP-211), a yacht built in 1900 by Lewis Nixon, Elizabethport, N.J., was acquired by the Navy, 16 August 1917 from Kenneth Van Riper, New York, N.Y., and commissioned at New York on 19 October 1917, Lt. Comdr. R. K. Dyer, National Naval Volunteers, in command.
Rambler sailed for the Azores 4 November and operated with the patrol detachment there until February 1918. Then transferred to the French coast, the armed yacht, operated out of Brest, on patrol and escort duty, for the remainder of World War I.
After the Armistice, Rambler remained in European waters and into the spring of 1919 carried mail and passengers between British and French ports. On 20 May, she got underway for the United States and arrived at New York late in June. She was decommissioned 9 July 1919; was struck from the Navy list 27 August; and was sold to J. M. Scott, of New York City, 16 September 1919.
16 September 2005