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Sylph (PY 12)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Baker - Queen


Patrol Yacht:

  • The fourth Sylph was built in 1929 as Intrepid by George Lawley and Sons, Inc., Neponset, MA for Walter P. Murphy
  • Acquired by the Navy 16 July 1940 and classified as a District Patrol Craft, YP-71
  • Renamed Sylph 19 July 1940 and reclassified as a Patrol Yacht, PY-12
  • Commissioned 1 October 1940 at New York
  • Decommissioned 19 December 1945 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Navy list 8 January 1946
  • Transferred 31 December 1946 to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 810 t.
  • Length 205'
  • Beam 33' 10"
  • Draft 16' 10"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 88
  • Armament: One 3" mount, two .50 cal. machine guns and four .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Winton diesel engines, two shafts.
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