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Call sign (1919):
George - Rush - King - Have

Sylvia served the U. S. Navy and the Maryland, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Naval Militia's.

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1882 by Alexander Stephen and Sons, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Acquired by the Navy 13 June 1898
  • Commissioned 29 June 1898
  • Decommissioned 10 December 1898 at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
    Ship's Data, U.S. Naval Vessels 1911 shows decommissioning date as 16 September 1898
  • Transferred to the Maryland Naval Militia 19 December 1898
  • Transferred to the Pennsylvania Naval Militia 6 December 1907
  • Transferred to the District of Columbia Naval Militia 13 September 1930
  • Recommissioned 10 April 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 April 1919
  • Sold 20 October 1921
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 302 t.
  • Length 130'
  • Beam 18' 6"
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 35
  • Armament: One rifled 3-pounder, one rifled 1-pounder and two machine guns
    1911 - One 3-pounder rapid fire mount and three 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Roberts boilers, one 165ihp vertical compound engine, one shaft.
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    Sylvia 79k Photo probably taken during her service with the Pennsylvania State Naval Militia. Seen in the left distance what appears to be the covered receiving ship Independence
    Photo taken from the 1919 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval Historical Center website
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