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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
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 806 t.
  • Length 182' 3"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 82
  • Armament: Four 6-pounders and four 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: Steam, 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

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