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HMAS Lanikai
ex-USS Lanikai
ex-USS Hermes


Frolic served both the U. S. Navy and Army

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1914 by the W. F. Stone and Co., Oakland, CA
  • Taken over by the Navy on Executive order and commissioned USS Hermes 1 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 16 January 1919 and turned over to the Hawaiian territorial government
  • Turned over to the Pacific Air Detachment
  • Struck from the Navy list 1 July 1926
  • Sold 21 October 1926 to the Lanikai Fish Co. of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii and renamed Lanikai
  • Sold in 1929 to the Hawaiian Sea Products Co.
  • Laid up in 1931
  • Sold in 1933 to Northrup Castle of Honolulu
  • Sold in 1936 to Harry W. Crosby of Seattle, WA
  • Sold in 1937 to Metro-Goldwin-Mayer for the making of the movie "Hurricane"
  • Sold in 1939 to E. M. Grimm of the Philippines for the Luzon Stevedoring Co.
  • Chartered by the Navy 5 December 1941 and commissioned USS Lanikai
  • Transferred 22 August 1942 to the Australian Navy
  • Commissioned HMAS Lanikai 9 December 1942
  • Returned to U.S. custody 22 August 1945
  • Sunk in 1947 off Nabasan wharf during typhoon at Subic Bay, Philippines.

    Hermes Specifications:

  • Displacement 340 t.
  • Length 89' 4"
  • Beam 25.4'
  • Draft 7' 6"
  • Complement 26
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: Steam, one shaft.

    Lanikai Specifications:

  • Displacement 150 t.
  • Length 87' 3"
  • Beam 25.4'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 7 kts.
  • Complement 19
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Hermes
    Hermes 81k At Pearl Harbor, circa 1918. Ships in the background are USS Monadnock (Monitor No. 3) and probably USS Navajo (1908-1948)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101786
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS Lanikai
    Lanikai 119k During World War II Hyperwar, U.S. Navy in WW II
    Lanikai 79k Lanikai, en route from Manila to Fremantle in early 1942 to escape the Japanese invasion Joe Radigan

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website


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