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Despatch (PY 8)

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Item - Dog - Fox

ex-Despatch (SP 68)

Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Mike - Cast

ex-Vixen (SP 68)

Despatch served both the U. S. Navy and the State of Florida.

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1913 as the yacht Vixen by the Gas Engine and Power Co., and Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 August 1917
  • Commissioned USS Vixen (SP 68), 10 August 1917
    1921 edition of Ships Data, U.S. Naval Vessels lists commissioning dates as 11 August 1917 and 12 April 1920
  • Renamed Despatch 21 August 1917
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Yacht, PY-8, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 9 December 1921 at New York
  • Transferred to the State of Florida 10 May 1928
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 237 t.
  • Length 167' 9"
  • Beam 20'
    1921 - 22'
  • Draft 6'
    1921 - 7' 2"
  • Speed 16 kts.
    1921 - 16.3 kts.
  • Complement 49
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two Seabury boilers, two 370ihp verticle triple-expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Yacht Vixen
    Drspatch 143k In port, probably in the New York City area in early August 1917, when she was taken over by the Navy for World
    War I service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94463
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Despatch (PY 8)
    Drspatch 67k In harbor, possibly during 1920-1921.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 545-4
    Naval Historical Center

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