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Riette (S.P. 107)


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

(S.P. 107: tonnage 31 (gross register); length 60'0" (overall); beam 13'6"; draft 3'4"; depth of hold 5'5"; speed 11 knots; complement 12; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)

Temegan II, a single-screw wooden-hulled motor boat, was built during 1916 at Morris Heights, N.Y. by the Twentieth Century Yacht, Launch & Engine Company. She had been renamed to Riette by the time she was acquired on 19 May 1917 for U.S. Navy service from her owner Dr. George G. Shelton of Ridgefield, Conn. Assigned the identification number S.P. 107, Riette was commissioned on 25 August 1917 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., CBM Joseph McCaffrey in command.

Riette served as a section patrol vessel at Base No. 3, Port Jefferson, N.Y., in late 1917, and Base No. 2, Black Rock, Conn., during May to July 1918. From 13 August 1918 she was based at Iona Island, N.Y., going out of commission on 14 August 1919 upon completion of special service for the machinery division of the New York Navy Yard. Riette was sold 30 October 1919 at Brooklyn, N.Y., to H. H. Miller of Brooklyn.

Re-engined in 1922 and 1930, Riette remained on yacht registers until 1958.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

30 May 2023 

Published: Tue May 30 12:21:31 EDT 2023