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Call sign (1910):
Nan - Tare - Mike

Sylvia served the U. S. Navy and the Maryland, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Naval Militias

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Sylvia was built in 1882 by Alexander Stephen and Sons, Ltd, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland for the Lord Dean of Guild, Alexander Stephen
  • Launched 22 June 1882
  • Acquired in 1884 by William Marling, Magdalene College, Cambridge, England
  • Acquired in 1889 by Edward Oldroyd of Horbury, Yorkshire, England
  • Purchased by the Navy 13 June 1898
  • Commissioned 29 June 1898
  • Decommissioned 10 December 1898 at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
  • Transferred to the Maryland Naval Militia 19 December 1898
  • Reassigned 6 December 1907 to the Pennsylvania Naval Militia
  • Reassigned 13 September 1913 to the District of Columbia Naval Militia
  • Recommissioned 10 April 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 24 April 1919
  • Sold 20 October 1921
  • Registered in 1927 to W. J. Townsend of Baltimore, MD as the freighter H. C. Townsend
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 302 t.
    1927 - 137 t.
  • Length 130'
    1927 - 126.3'
  • Beam 18' 6"
    1927 - 18'
  • Draft 10'
    1927 - 9.3'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 35
    1927 - Three
  • Armament: One 3-pounder rapid fire mount, three 1-pounder rapid fire mounts and two machine guns
    1917 - Three 1-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Roberts boilers, One 165hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Sylvia 303k Naval History and Heritage Command photo L45-272.02.02 Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Harwood Hall, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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