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Santa Rita

 

A village in Batangas province, Luzon, Philippine Islands.

 

(Launch No. 681: l. 71'; b. 12'5")

 

Santa Rita was launched on 25 June 1907 by the Cavite Navy Yard, Luzon, Philippine Islands, as the wooden working launch No. 681 and was completed in January 1908. Although she had been scheduled to be replaced in 1933, she operated in the 16th Naval District as a yard craft up to the outbreak of World War II. Working Launch No. 681 was reclassified YFB-681 as a yard ferry on 17 July 1920 and was named Santa Rita in 1921. Santa Rita was lost on 2 January 1942 as Japanese forces were taking much of Luzon. Santa Rita was struck from the Navy list on 24 July 1942.