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Viking served the U. S. Navy and the Army

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Viking was built in 1883 by John Roach and Sons, Chester, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 April 1898
  • Commissioned 11 May 1898 at New York
  • Decommissioned 22 September 1898 at Norfolk, VA
  • Recommissioned 29 September 1899
  • Decommissioned 23 October 1899
  • Transferred 9 December 1899 to the War Department
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 218 t.
  • Length 122'
  • Beam 21'
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Speed 11.75 kts.
  • Complement 43
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and six 6mm machine guns.
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    Viking 34k

    Vikings were the seafaring Norse people from southern Scandinavia (present-day Denmark, Norway and Sweden) who from the late 8th to late 11th centuries raided, pirated, traded and settled throughout parts of Europe, and explored westward to Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. In the countries they raided and settled, the period is known as the Viking Age, and the term 'Viking' also commonly includes the inhabitants of the Norse homelands. The Vikings had a profound impact on the early medieval history of Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Estonia, Kievan Rus' and Sicily

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 November 2020
    Aileen 74k Off the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, after being fitted for naval service, 21 May 1898. Ship in right background is probably USS Aileen (1898-1920), another yacht converted for use in the Spanish-American War
    National Archives photo 19-N-19-16-10
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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