The 70-foot motor boat Columbine was built in 1907 at City Island, New York, as a pleasure craft. Later renamed San Toy II, she was acquired by the Navy in November 1917 and placed in service as USS San Toy II (SP-996). She served for the rest of World War I in the New York Harbor area, initially as a tender to the New York Navy Yard's Receiving Ship, and later as a personnel ferry running between the Navy Yard and Ellis Island. With the need for such craft greatly reduced after the November 1918 Armistice, San Toy II was returned to her owner in February 1919. She remained on yacht registers into the 1930s.
This page features the only views we have related to USS San Toy II (SP-996).
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Photo #: NH 102180
USS San Toy II (SP-996)
Underway, circa summer 1918.
Built in 1907 and formerly named Columbine, the motor boat San Toy II was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 3 November 1917. Following World War I service, she was returned to her owner on 20 February 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 60KB; 740 x 445 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds one other view of the motor boat San Toy II,
taken prior to her Naval service.
Page made 18 March 2003