USS Rambler (SP-211)

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Steam yacht Rambler in port before her U.S. Navy service during World War I
Steam yacht Rambler in port before her U.S. Navy service during World War I
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Name: USS Rambler (SP-211)
Builder: Lewis Nixon
Elizabethport, New Jersey
Launched: 1900
Acquired: 16 August 1917
Commissioned: 19 October 1917
Decommissioned: 9 July 1919
Struck: 27 August 1919
Fate: Sold 16 September 1919
General characteristics
Tonnage: 288
Length: Template:Ft to m/1yesyes
Beam: 23 ft (7.0 m)
Draft: Template:Ft to m/IID
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Armament: 2 x 3"/50 caliber gun mounts
2 x machine guns

USS Rambler (SP-211) was a steam yacht acquired by the United States Navy during World War I for patrol duty.


Rambler, built in 1900 by Lewis Nixon of Elizabethport, New Jersey, was acquired by the Navy, 16 August 1917 from Kenneth Van Riper of New York City and commissioned at New York on 19 October 1917, Lt. Comdr. R. K. Dyer, National Naval Volunteers, in command.

Rambler sailed for the Azores 4 November and operated with the patrol detachment there until February 1918. Then transferred to the French coast, the armed yacht operated out of Brest on patrol and escort duty for the remainder of World War I.

After the Armistice, Rambler remained in European waters and into the second quarter of 1919 carried mail and passengers between British and French ports. On 20 May, she got underway for the United States and arrived at New York late in June. She was decommissioned 9 July 1919; was struck from the Navy list 27 August; and was sold to J. M. Scott, of New York City, on 16 September 1919.


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A crewman tends to the 3"/50 caliber gun on the fantail of USS Rambler at Brest, France, in 1918. Destroyer tender Bridgeport, with two destroyers at her side, is behind Rambler.

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