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Nahma II (S. P. 771)

(SP-771: dp. 2,900; l. 319-; b. 36-3-; dr. 18-6-; cpl. 162;a. 2 5-, 2 3-, 2 mg.)

A town in the Canadian province of Ontario. The second Nahma retained her former name during naval service.


The second Nahma, an armed yacht, was built by the Clydebank Engine and SB Co., Glasgow, Scotland in 1897; acquired by the Navy on free lease from Mr. Robert W. Goelet on 21 June 1917 and commissioned 27 August 1917, Lt. Comdr. E. Friedrick in command.

Soon after fitting out and shakedown, Nahma reported to Gibraltar to join a group of American vessels based there and serving as convoy escorts. With these ships, she escorted vessels in the Mediterranean, as well as between the U.K. and Gibraltar until the end of World War I. Following the Armistice she remained in the Mediterranean for relief and quasi-diplomatic work. Operating in the Aegean and Black Seas she carried relief supplies to refugee areas; evacuated American nationals, non-combatants, the sick, and the wounded from civil war torn areas of Russia and Turkey; and provided communications services between ports. She decommissioned at Greenock, Scotland, 19 July 1919 and was returned to her owner.

Published: Wed Feb 10 12:12:13 EST 2016