The 50-foot motor pleasure boat Rondo, built in Maryland in 1915, was acquired by the Navy in June 1917 for World War I service. Commissioned as USS Rondo (SP-90) in mid-November 1917, she was assigned to section patrol duty in the Florida Keys area. The craft was renamed SP-90 in April 1918. While awaiting sale, she was destroyed by a hurricane at Key West in September 1919.
This page features our only views of the motor boat Rondo and USS Rondo (SP-90).
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Photo #: NH 102146
USS Rondo (SP-90)
In port during World War I. The bow of USS St. Sebastian (SP-470) is visible in the right distance.
Built in 1915 as a civilian pleasure craft, Rondo was acquired by the Navy on 2 June 1917 and commissioned on 14 November 1917. She was renamed SP-90 in 1918. She was awaiting sale on 9 September 1919 when she was wrecked, with seven other SP boats, by a hurricane at Key West, Florida.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 45KB; 740 x 435 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds one other view of the motor boat Rondo, taken
prior to her Naval service.
Page made 5 December 2002