Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Patrol Yacht Photo Archive

Despatch (PY 8)
ex-Despatch (SP 68)
ex-Vixen (SP 68)


Patrol Yacht:

  • The fifth Despatch was built as Vixen in 1913 at Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Purchased by the Navy 6 August 1917
  • Commissioned USS Vixen (SP 68), 10 August 1917
  • Renamed Despatch 21 August 1917
  • Reclasified PY-8 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 15 July 1919 at Norfolk, VA
  • Recommissioned 2 April 1920 at Norfolk
  • Decommissioned 9 December 1921 at New York
  • Given to the State of Florida 10 May 1928
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 237 t.
  • Length 167' 9"
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 6'
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 49
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: Steam, one shaft.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Vixen
    Despatch 139k 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 History and Heritage Command
    USS Despatch (PY 8)
    Despatch 66k In harbor, possibly during 1920-1921
    U.S. Navy photo NH 54504
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    View the Despatch (PY 8)
    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command Website
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Ship Index Back to the Patrol Yacht (PY) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History