USS Nautilus II (SP-559)

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United States
NameUSS Nautilus II
BuilderKyle & Purday Shipyard, City Island, New York
Acquired17 August 1917
Commissioned9 October 1917
Decommissioned14 February 1919
FateReturned to owner, 14 February 1919
General characteristics
TypeMotor yacht
Tonnage23 long tons (23 t)
Length60 ft 6 in (18.44 m)
Beam11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Draft3 ft 1 in (0.94 m)
Speed18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)

Nautilus II was a motor pleasure boat built at City Island, New York in early 1917. She was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve and commissioned into the United States Navy in October 1917 as the motor patrol boat USS Nautilus (SP-559), and assigned to patrol and escort duties of the New York City area for the remainder of World War I. She was decommissioned and returned to her owner, E.E. Dickinson of Essex County, Connecticut, on 14 February 1919.

The U.S. Navy considers the name Nautilus II to be separate from the Nautilus lineage.


  • "Nautilus II". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. 1970.
  • "USS Nautilus II (SP-559), 1917-1919". Naval Historical Center. 2002–2005.

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