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USS Sea Cloud (IX-99)
ex
USCGC Sea Cloud (WPG-284) (1942 - 1943)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Quebec - Sierra
NZQS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal



USCGC Sea Cloud (WPG-284) was transferred to the Navy and manned by the Coast Guard during World War II

  • Laid down at Kiel, Germany in 1931 as the four-masted bark Hussar
  • Renamed Sea Cloud circa 1935
  • Chartered by the US Navy, 7 January 1942 and assigned to the Coast Guard
  • Commissioned USCGC Sea Cloud (WPG-284), 4 April 1942
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard and commissioned USS Sea Cloud (IX-99), 9 April 1943
  • Decommissioned, 4 November 1944 an returned to her owner's agent the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1944
  • After World War II Sea Cloud was sold to a shipping firm in Jacksonville, FL., 18 August 1955. Shortly thereafter, purchased by Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic to serve as his presidential yacht, reamed Angelita. After Trujillo's assassination in 1964, the four-master was taken over by the government of the Dominican Republic and renamed Patria. She has since been sold by the Dominicans, renamed Antarna, and converted into a luxury charter yacht
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,323 t.
    Length 316'
    Beam 49'2"
    Draft 28'
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 72
    Armament
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four K-guns
    one Mark X Hedgehog
    two depth charge tracks, 44 depth charges
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric
    twin propellers

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    Pre World War II - Yacht - Sea Cloud
    Sea Cloud 145k Sea Cloud under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of the US Naval Academy.
    Robert Hurst
    USCGC Sea Cloud (WPG-284)
    Sea Cloud 42k USCGC Sea Cloud (WPG-284) under way off Boston, 22 October 1943.
    US Navy photo # 4940-42 NYBOS from the collections of the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green
    Sea Cloud 42k USCGC Sea Cloud (WPG-284) under way, circa 1942, date unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 92944 from the collections of the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green
    Sea Cloud 116k USCGC Sea Cloud (WPG-284) moored (extreme left) pierside at the Charlestown Navy Yard, East Boston, E-Boat piers, 7 August 1942.
    Photo # NPS 14314, Charlestown Navy Yard collection
    John Chiquoine
    USS Sea Cloud (IX-99)
    Sea Cloud 104k The fourth figure from the left is LCDR Carleton Skinner, the USS Sea Cloud (IX-99)'s commanding officer during the ship's experiment with an integrated crew. He is presenting a plaque to the vessels owners, Marjorie Merriwether Post Davies and Ambassador Joe Davies. Tommy Trampp
    Sea Cloud 117k
    Sea Cloud 54k Retired Master Chief Boatswains Mate Robert L. Hammond, an original member to the USS Sea Cloud (IX-99) crew poses with a photo of himself taken after graduation from Coast Guard recruit training in 1942. The Sea Cloud was the first naval vessel desegregate allowing blacks to serve in the same capacities as whites. Before hand African Americans were only permitted to serve as stewards mates.
    US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Evanson.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sea Cloud 67k USS Sea Cloud (IX-99) moored pierside to the right of HMNZS Leander at Charlestown Navy Yard, East Boston in 1944.
    US Navy photo from the US National Archives Records Office Boston RG-181.
    John Chiquoine
    Sea Cloud 125k USS Sea Cloud (IX-99) moored pierside, on the U.S. East Coast, while serving as a weather ship.
    US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Sea Cloud 68k Three views of USS Sea Cloud (IX-99) moored pierside at Argentia, Newfoundland, circa July 1944.
    US Navy photos from the collections of the Office of the US Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green
    Sea Cloud 29k
    Sea Cloud 29k
    Post World War II - Yacht - Sea Cloud
    Sea Cloud 534k Sea Cloud off the French coast, 10 September 2007.
    Photo courtesy Sea Cloud Cruises.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sea Cloud 103k Sea Cloud under sail, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy Sea Cloud Cruises.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sea Cloud 78k
    Sea Cloud 93k
    Sea Cloud 79k
    Sea Cloud 93k
    Sea Cloud 640k Sea Cloud moored on the Bosphorus Strait at Istanbul , Turkey, circa June 2008. Photo by Frank R. Liese
    Sea Cloud 205k Sea Cloud at Hamburg, Germany from 2 to 20 May 2011. The ship took part in the Hamburg Port Birthday arrival and departure parades.
    Photo courtesy Sea Cloud Cruises.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Sea Cloud (IX-99)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Sea Cloud, 1942; WPG-284; IX-99; ex-Hussar
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    Last Updated 17 June 2016