USS Idylease (SP-119)

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USS Idylease in harbor.jpg
Idylease (American Motor Boat, 1916) probably in New York harbor, c. 1916-1917.
Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Idylease
Namesake: A former name retained
Owner: Richard Goldsmith of New York City
Builder: Kyle and Purdy, City Island, New York
Christened: as the pleasure motor boat Idylease
Completed: 1916
Acquired: leased by the Navy, June 1917
Commissioned: 9 July 1917
Decommissioned: c. April 1919
Struck: c. April 1919
Fate: returned to her owner at Norfolk 30 April 1919
General characteristics
Type: Yacht
Tonnage: 29 tons
Length: 65'
Beam: 13' 6"
Draft: 2' 6"
Propulsion: motor
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: One 1-pounder gun

USS Idylease (SP-119) was a motor yacht leased by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as a patrol craft and was assigned to the Hampton Roads and Norfolk, Virginia, waterways. Post-war, she was restored to her civilian configuration and returned to her owner.

Constructed in New York[edit]

Idylease (SP-119), a 65-foot motor yacht, was built in 1916 by Kyle and Purdy, City Island, New York as the civilian pleasure motor boat of the same name; acquired by the Navy from Richard Goldsmith of New York City in June 1917, and commissioned 9 July 1917, Chief Boatswain C. E. Geohegan, USNRF, in command.

World War I service[edit]

Assigned to the 5th Naval District for the rest of World War I and during the initial post-war months, Idylease performed patrol and radio inspection duties in Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia, and on the Elizabeth River during the war.

Post-war disposition[edit]

She was returned to her owner at Norfolk 30 April 1919.

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