RELIABLE II, Elizabeth, NJ – 1937
The "RELIABLE II" was one of two converted World War I Sub Chasers owned by Captain Percy Black (the other was the "RELIABLE"). The "RELIABLE II" was built in 1918 at New York, NY as one of approximately a hundred sub chasers the United States made for France during World War I. This vessel was one of the few that were not delivered since the war was nearing its conclusion. She was sold as surplus at the end of the war and first wore the civilian name "MODESTY".
As for the first "RELIABLE", she was built in 1917 at New Orleans, LA as the US Navy Sub Chaser "SC-1", the very first Sub Chaser ever commissioned by the United States Navy. She was later sold as surplus to Captain Edward Baletti, who afterwards sold it to his First Mate at the time, Percy Black.