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Nokomis (PY 6)

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Nokomis was built in 1914 as Nokomis II by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE
  • Purchased by the Navy 1 June 1917
  • Renamed Nokomis 19 December 1917
  • Commissioned USS Nokomis (SP 609), 3 December 1917
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Yacht PY-6 in 1920
  • Decommissioned 25 February 1921 at New York
  • Recommissioned in July 1921
  • Decommissioned 15 February 1938 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 25 May 1938
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,265 t.
  • Length 243'
  • Beam 31' 10"
  • Draft 12' 10"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 103
  • Armament: Four 3"/50 mounts and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 1,000hp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Nokomis 36k
    Nokomis 62k
    Nokomis 61k
    Nokomis 41k
    Nokomis 70k
    Nokomis 232k
    Nokomis 78k U.S. Navy photo NH 44868 Naval History and Heritage Command
    Nokomis 108k Early 1920s, with USS SC-154 astern. Location is probably in Cuba or another place in the Caribbean area
    National Archives photo 80-G-1009391
    Nokomis 110k In port, circa the 1920s
    Courtesy of Rear Admiral Joseph M. Worthington, USN, (Retired), 1980
    U.S. Navy photo NH 90915
    Nokomis 86k Photographed circa 1925-1926, probably while on survey duty in Cuban waters
    Copied from the USS Nokomis Cuban Survey album
    Donation of Carter Rila, 1986
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101031
    Nokomis 98k At anchor, circa the 1920s or 1930s
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44867
    Nokomis 82k At anchor, circa the 1920s or 1930s
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44869
    Nokomis 77k Dressed with flags at Puerto Colombia, Colombia, 4 July 1935
    Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps Museum
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102903
    Nokomis 107k Anemometer and windgage tower on a Cuban beach, with USS Nokomis (PY-6) in the background, during survey operations conducted by the ship's crew
    Copied from the USS Nokomis Cuban Survey album
    Donation of Carter Rila, 1986
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101034
    Nokomis 78k Underway in French coastal waters, 1918-1919. This is probably USS Nokomis (SP-609), and may have been photographed from USS Felix Taussig (ID 2282)
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    U.S. Navy photo NH 106592
    Nokomis 84k

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT(T) Thomas M. Molloy, USCG - Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction Class of 1899
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1918 - 1919
    02CDR Royal Eason Ingersoll, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1945) - Retired as Admiral
    26 March 1924
    03CDR Worrall Reed Carter, USN - USNA Class of 1908
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1931 - 1933
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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