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(IX-17: t.28; 1. 65'11"; b. 11'10"; dr. 3'3" (hull), 11' (centerboard); a. none)
Robert Center, a wooden, sloop-rigged racing cutter, was built in 1883 as the private yacht Medusa by George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, Mass.; presented to the U.S. Naval Academy as a gift in 1895 by Mrs. Mary E. Ludlow of New York, N.Y.; and accepted 24 May 1895 for U.S. Naval service.
Robert Center served her entire Navy career as a sail training vessel at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. She was designated YX-17 on 17 July 1920 as an unclassified district craft. Struck from the Navy list 4 January 1933, Robert Center was sold 24 March 1933 to Paul G. Swars of New York, N.Y., remaining on yacht registers into the 1940's.
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