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USAT El Aguila
ex-USS Frolic

Frolic served both the U. S. Navy and Army

Patrol Yacht:

  • The third Frolic was built in 1892 as Comanche by Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, OH
  • Purchased by the Navy 28 May 1898
  • Commissioned USS Frolic 6 July 1898
  • Decommissioned 31 March 1906 at Cavite, Philippines
  • Placed in reduced commission 19 December 1906 for service as a yard craft
  • Decommissioned 31 July 1907
  • Transferred 21 May 1909 to the War Department and renamed El Aguila
  • Dropped from U.S. Army Quartermaster Dept. list, in the Philippines, in 1923
  • Sold out of service in 1923, to a Chinese merchant, Chau Chiaco, for service as a private gunboat on the Yangtze River, China
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 607 t.
  • Length 165'
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft 10' 4"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: Steam, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Frolic 25k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Frolic 83k Off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1 November 1898
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53960
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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