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Vixen (PY 4)


Patrol Yacht:

  • The fifth Vixen was built in 1896 as Josephine by Lewis Nixon, Elizabethport, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 April 1898 and renamed Vixen
  • Commissioned USS Vixen 11 April 1898
  • Placed in reserve 18 January 1899 at Norfolk, VA
  • Recommissioned 17 March 1899
  • Decommissioned 30 March 1906 at Pensacola, FL
  • Loaned to the New Jersey Naval Militia 6 Decembeer 1907
  • Recommissioned 2 April 1917
  • Designated as a Patrol Yacht, PY-4, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 15 November 1922
  • Struck from the Navy list 9 January 1923
  • Sold 22 June 1923 to the Fair Oaks Steamship Corp. of New York and renamed Tamiami Queen
  • Renamed Collier County in 1924
  • Renamed Princess Montagu in 1928
  • Forced ashore and wrecked 27 September 1929 at Nassau during a gale
  • Wreck was scuttled in June 1930.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 806 t.
  • Length 182' 3"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 105
    1922 - 80
  • Armament: Eight 6-pounders
    1910 - Two 6-pounders and two 3-pounders
    1918 - Four 3-pounders and two 1-pounders
    1922 - Four 6-pounders and two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,250hp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Vixen 72k c. 1898
    U.S. Navy photo NR&L(O) 605
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Vixen 37k
    Vixen 282k
    Vixen 118k
    Vixen 124k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Alexander Sharp, USN - Awarded three Navy Distinguished Service Medals (1944/1945)
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    11 April 1898
    02LCDR John Clark Wilson, USN - USNA Class of 186917 March 1899 - 30 November 1899
    02CDR William Plummer Day, USN30 November 1899 - 15 June 1900
    02LCDR Walter McLean, USN - USNA Class of 1876
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    15 June 1900 - 9 October 1901
    02CDR Carlos Gilman Calkins, USN - USNA Class of 18729 October 1901 - 25 January 1902
    03LCDR William Henry Allen, USN - USNA Class of 1901
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    25 January 1902
    04CAPT William R. White, USN - USNA Class of 1897
    Senior Aide on the staff of the Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, RADM James Harrison Oliver, USN and Captain of the Navy Yard
    17 October 1916 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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