Subscribe: RSS Podcasts iTunes
Episode 1661             Episode 1663
Episode 1662

USS Marpessa (SP-787)
Sun, 2021-Nov-21 00:07 UTC
Length - 2:42

Direct Link

Welcome to random Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of a random Wikipedia page every day.

The random article for Sunday, 21 November 2021 is USS Marpessa (SP-787).

USS Marpessa (SP-787) was a 50 foot (15.24 m) "express yacht" that became a United States Navy section patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919 retaining the civilian name. Marpessa was designed by T. B. Taylor for William John Matheson of New York built by the Mathis Yacht Building Company at Camden, New Jersey as hull number 60 in 1916 and, upon registration, was assigned official number 214285. Matheson had an estate at Coconut Grove, Florida and entered Marpessa, powered by two six cylinder 175 horsepower Van Blercks gasoline engines, in racing events, particularly the annual Miami regattas in January involving power boats brought from the north as well as boats based in the Miami area. The boat was badly damaged when a hired captain, over the owner's objection, held course after finding himself inside the buoy and struck a reef off Matinicock point near Oyster Bay. On 18 August 1917, the U. S. Navy acquired her from her owner for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 8 September 1917 and commissioned as USS Marpessa (SP-787) on 1 October 1917 with Ensign Hugh M. Matheson, USNRF, in command. By August 1917 three of Matheson's yachts were in government service: Marpessa, Calabash, and Coco. Assigned to the 7th Naval District and based at Marathon, Florida, Marpessa patrolled the southern Atlantic coast of Florida for the rest of World War I.

Marpessa was returned to Matheson on 7 January 1919.

This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 00:07 UTC on Sunday, 21 November 2021.

For the full current version of the article, see USS Marpessa (SP-787) on Wikipedia.

This podcast is produced by Abulsme Productions based on Wikipedia content and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

Visit for our archives, sister podcasts, and swag. Please subscribe to never miss an episode. You can also follow @WotDpod on Twitter.

Abulsme Productions produces the current events podcast Curmudgeon's Corner as well. Check it out in your podcast player of choice.

This has been Joanna Neural. Thank you for listening to random Wiki of the Day.

For current episodes, or for the rest of the Wiki of the Day family of podcasts go here.

Archive Episodes:
1-100  101-200  201-300  301-400  401-500
501-600  601-700  701-800  801-900  901-1000
1001-1100  1101-1200  1201-1300  1301-1400  1401-1500
1501-1600  1601-1679  

  Buy WotD Stuff!!

Feedback welcome at

These podcasts are produced by Abulsme Productions based on Wikipedia content.

They are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Creative Commons License

Abulsme Productions also produces Curmudgeon's Corner, a current events podcast.

If you like that sort of thing, check it out too!

Page cached at 2021-12-08 01:58:30 UTC
Original calculation time was 1.8333 seconds

Page displayed at 2021-12-08 03:08:33 UTC
Page generated in 0.0008 seconds