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Aileen


Aileen served the U. S. Navy, the New York Naval Militia and the Rhode Island Naval Militia

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1896 by John Roach and Sons, Chester, PA
  • Purchased by the Navy 28 April 1898
  • Commissioned 14 May 1898 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Transferred 18 May 1899, on loan, to the New York Naval Militia
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 18 May 1909
  • Placed in service 30 April 1910 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH
  • Transferred later in 1910 to the Rhode Island Naval Militia
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 7 April 1917 and recommissioned
  • Decommissioned 5 July 1919
  • Struck from the Navy list 12 August 1919
  • Sold 20 November 1920 to Tarns, Lemoin and Crane of New York City
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 192 t.
  • Length 120'
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 33
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two Roberts water-tube boilers, one 500hp vertical triple expansion steam engines, one shaft.
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    Aileen 71k Fitting out for Spanish-American War service, in drydock at the New York Navy Yard, 17 May 1898. USS Topeka (1898-1930) is in the right center background, also fitting out for war service
    National Archives photo 19-N-17-5-2
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Aileen 35k In dry dock at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, while being converted for naval service, 17 May 1898. Note light armor plate being installed on her hull amidships to protect her boilers
    U.S. Navy photo NH 57751
    Aileen 74k Viking 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
    Aileen 99k Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1899, probably after Aileen's transfer to the New York Naval Militia
    Copied from The New Navy of the United States, by N.L. Stebbins, (New York, 1912)
    Donation of David Shadell, 1987
    U.S. Navy photo NH 98246
    Aileen 103k 3 October 1899
    Underway on loan to the New York Naval Militia
    Photos from Historic New England, Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection, photos PC047.02.2890.10457 and PC047.02.2890.10458
    Mike Green
    Aileen 114k
    Aileen 62k Underway, circa 1899-1908. Note her 45-star National Ensign
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969
    U.S. Navy photo NH 67564
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Aileen 109k In port, prior to World War I
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973
    U.S. Navy photo NH 77187

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