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Patrol Yacht Photo Archive


Call sign (1919):
George - Rush - Pup - Fox

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1893 as Penelope by Ramage and Ferguson, Leith, Scotland
  • Acquired by the Navy in May 1898 and renamed Yankton
  • Commissioned USS Yankton 16 May 1898 at Norfolk, VA
  • Decommissioned 27 February 1920 at New York
  • Sold 20 October 1921
  • Broken up in the summer of 1930 at Boston, MA.


  • Displacement 975 t.
  • Length 185'
  • Beam 27' 6"
  • Draft 13' 10"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
    1905 - 101
    1914 - 86
  • Armament: Six 3-pounders and two Colt machine guns
    1905 - Four 3-pounders
    1911 - Two 3-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: One single-ended cylinderical boiler, one 750ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yankton 68k U.S. Navy photo NR&L 3966 from the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    Yankton 27k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Yankton 97k c. 1906
    Courtesy U.S. Warships of World War I
    Mike Green
    Yankton 40k At anchor and dressed overall with flags
    Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Yankton 73k 22 May 1919
    Operating with U.S. Naval Forces, Northern Russia
    The Sub Chaser Archives

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James D. Adams, USN16 May 1898
    02LCDR Austin Melvin Knight, USN - USNA Class of 1873
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1925) and the Japanese Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun - Retired as Admiral
    1901 - 1903
    03CDR John Rodgers, USN - USNA Class of 1903
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918)
    August 1912
    04LCDR Samuel Woods Bryant, USN - USNA Class of 1900
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    28 October 1912 - 31 May 1913
    05LCDR Aubrey Wray Fitch, USN - USNA Class of 1906
    Awarded two Navy Distinguished Service Medals (1942), the Distinguished Flying Cross (1942) and the Legion of Merit (1944) - Retired
    as Admiral
    January 1915 - April 1917
    06LCDR Francis Dominic Burns, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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