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Yankton



Call sign (1910):
Nan - Xray - Boy



Call sign (1927):
Mike - Dog - King - Jig

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1893 as Cleopatra by Ramage and Ferguson, Leith, Scotland for John Lysaght of Bristol, England
  • Launched 29 April 1893
  • Acquired by Amzi Lorenzo Barber of New York and renamed Sapphire
  • Renamed Penelope in 1895
  • Acquired in 1897 by Harry L. Converse, Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy in May 1898 and renamed Yankton
  • Commissioned USS Yankton 16 May 1898 at Norfolk, VA
  • Decommissioned
  • Recommissioned 1 July 1911
  • Decommissioned 27 February 1920 at New York
  • Sold 21 October 1921 and used as a "Rum Runner"
  • Registered in 1927 to Robert J. Murray of Boston, MA as the freighter Yankton
  • Acquired by James J. Murray of Boston
  • Broken up in 1930 at Boston.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 975 t.
    1927 - 544 t.
  • Length 185'
    1927 - 189'
  • Beam 27' 6"
    27.3'
  • Draft 13' 10"
    1927 - 16.7'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 117
    1927 - 14
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts, two 3-pounders and four Colt machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 750hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Yankton 94k
    Yankton 40k Shortly after the Spanish-American War
    Yankton 133 Jim Kurrasch, Battleship Iowa, Pacific Battleship Center
    Yankton 27 Photographed circa the mid-1910s. The hospital ship Solace (later AH-2) is in the left center distance
    Original image, copyrighted by N. Moser, New York
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    U.S. Navy photo NH 106266
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Yankton 67k Hampton Roads, VA, December 10, 1916
    U.S. Navy photo NH 59453
    Yankton 72k Photographed on 22 May 1919 while operating with U.S. Naval Forces in Northern Russia Subchaser Archives
    Yankton 57k Last known photo of Yankton before being scrapped Joe Radigan
    Photo added 13 May 2021

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James D. Adams, USN18 May 1898
    02LCDR George Leland Dyer, USN - USNA Class of 1870
    Served as Governor of U.S. Territory of Guam from 1904 1905 - Retired as Commodore
    1898 - 1901
    03LCDR Austin Melvin Knight, USN - USNA Class of 1873
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) and the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan (1918) - Retired as Admiral
    1901 - 1903
    04LT Kenneth Galleher Castleman, USN - USNA Class of 1896
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    1903 - August 1905
    05LT Walter Rockwell Gherardi, USN - USNA Class of 1895
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and a Letter of Commendation from the War Department (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    August 1905 - May 1908
    06LCDR Charles Butler McVay, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1890
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) - Retired as Admiral
    1907 - 1909
    07LT Orie W. Fowler, USN1909 - December 1911
    08LT Walter Stratton Anderson, USN - USNA Class of 1903
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1945) and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (1922) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    December 1911
    09ENS Hugh V. McCabe, USN???
    10LT Samuel Wood Bryant, USN - USNA Class of 1900
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    28 October 1912 - 31 May 1913
    11LT Charles Sylvanus Kerrick, USN - USNA Class of 1902
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    ???
    12LT Charles S. Joyce, USN???
    13LT John Henry Newton, USN - USNA Class of 1905 - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1946) and the Legion of Merit (1942)1917
    14LT Aubrey Wray Fitch, USN - USNA Class of 1906
    Awarded two Navy Distinguished Service Medals (1942/1944), Distinguished Flying Cross (1942) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Admiral
    January 1915
    15LT George E. Lake, USN/USNRF - USNA Class of 1906
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918
    1917
    16LT J. F. Connor, USNOctober 1917
    17LCDR F. D. Burns, USN1918
    18LCDR William N. McMunn, USNRF1918
    19CDR Richard Somers Galloway, USNFebruary 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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