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Beaumont (PG-60)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Xray - Oboe

Patrol Gunboat:

  • Built in 1930 as the steel-hulled yacht Reveler at Friedrich Krupp Germania Werke, Kiel, Germany for Russell Alger, Chairman of the Packard Car Co.
  • Sold in 1931 to Charles McCann of the Woolworth store chain and renamed Chalena
    (The name was an acronym blending parts of Mr. McCann's first name and of his wife's first name, i.e., Charles and Helena
  • Sold in 1939 to Leon Mandel and renamed Carola after his wife
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 January 1942
  • Converted to a Patrol Gunboat at Gibbs Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL
  • Commissioned USS Beaumont (PG-60), 22 June 1942
  • Decommissioned, 19 February 1946 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 March 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 20 February 1947
  • Sold in 1949 to the Elpetal Corp. (Norman B. Woolworth), overhauled at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME and renamed Elpetal
    (The name was an acronym blending parts of the first names of three of Norman Woolworth's closest friends. Specifically: EL is for Eliot Fox, his neighbor and stock broker; PE is for Peter Walton, an artist and art teacher from Middlebury, Vermont; and TAL is for Talbot Malcolm, his attorney)
  • Sold in 1957 to Maris Embiricos, a Greek shipping businessman
  • Sold in 1983 to Robert Stigwood, Australian impresario, film and musical producer and renamed Jezebel
  • Sold to J. Paul Getty, Jr., overhauled at Plymouth, England in 1993 and renamed Talitha G. She is still active as the private yacht Talitha.


  • Displacement 1,434 t.
  • Length 226'
  • Beam 34' 1"
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 15.5 kts.
  • Complement 110
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts and two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 1,100bhp Krupp diesel engines, two shafts
    1994 - Replaced Krupp diesels with two 1,400hp Caterpillar diesel engines.

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    M/Y Carola
    Beaumont 70k Seen as the yacht "Carola" before conversion to USS Beaumont. It is of a postcard, the back is inscribed "Mrs. McCann's Diesel-Motor Yacht, 'Chalena'." My uncle George C. White was the Chief Hospital Corpsman aboard the Beaumont from April 1942 to December 1944 Chuck White
    USS Beaumont (PG 60)
    Beaumont 306k Original photo: c. 1943
    Replacement photo: Photo courtesy of Rich Hall, son of Richard Charles Hall who served in Beaumont
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Robert C. Smith, Archivist
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
    M/Y Elpetal
    Talathia G 66k Off Deer Isle, Maine Maunsel White
    Marcasite 71k c. 1951
    Grand Harbor, Malta
    Star of Malta, ex-Marcasite (PY 28) on the right, and Elpetal
    Photo courtesy of Tinker Crouch from Floating Palaces America's Queens of the Sea by William A. Haviland and Barbara L. Britton
    Joe Radigan
    Beaumont 36k c. 1965
    San Remo, Italy
    M/Y Talitha G
    Talathia G 26k c. 1994
    Talathia G 42k
    Talathia G 98k c. 2003. The Battered Bull and Talitha G at the International Yacht Club, Antibes, France
    Talathia G 72k c. 2004
    Caribbean Sea

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James Madison Cox, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 192222 June 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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