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Nahma I (Motor Boat) 


The Navy retained the name carried by this vessel at the time of her acquisition.


(Motor Boat: length 72'0"; beam 12'0"; complement 5)

 The first Nahma, a wooden-hulled motor boat, was built in New Orleans, La., in 1902. Acquired by the Navy the same year, she was assigned to the Louisiana Naval Militia, which she served until the outbreak of the Great War [World War I].

Renamed Asp, she was placed in service on 17 April 1917, to operate in the New Orleans area as both a motor patrol boat and a ferry. Following the Armistice of 11 November 1918, Asp continued to serve the Eighth Naval District.

Designated as a  ferryboat, YFB-1, on 17 July 1920, Asp was ultimately placed out of service and sold on 24 March 1923.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

17 May 2022

Published: Tue May 17 18:31:23 EDT 2022