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Wasp served the U. S. Navy and the Florida and New York Naval Militias

Patrol Yacht:

  • The seventh Wasp was built in 1898 as Columbia by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy, renamed Wasp and commissioned 11 April 1898
  • Decommissioned 27 September 1898 at Norfolk, VA and laid up
  • Loaned to the Florida Naval Militia 15 December 1898
  • Returned to Navy custody 21 June 1899 and placed in service as station ship at Port Royal, SC
  • Recommissioned 2 October 1899
  • Loaned to the New York Naval Militia 6 February 1908
  • Recommissioned in April 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 13 November 1919
  • Formally decommissioned 1 December 1919 at Norfolk
  • Sold 20 September 1921 to Halsted P. Layton of Georgetown, DE
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 630 t.
  • Length 180'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 16.5 kts.
  • Complement 55
  • Armament: Four 6-pounders and two Colt machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 1,800ihp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft
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    Wasp 49k . .
    Wasp 81k 19 November 1898
    Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
    U.S. Navy photo NR&L(O)2220
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Wasp 230k . .

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