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USS Argus (PY-14)
ex-USC&GS Argus
ex-USS Argus (PY 14)

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Item - Able

Argus served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1929 as the steel-hulled yacht Haida by Germania Werft, Kiel, Germany
  • Acquired by the Navy, 25 October 1940
  • Commissioned USS Argus (PY-14), 13 February 1941
  • Decommissioned 17 September 1941, transferred, on loan to the Coast and Geodetic Survey and renamed USC&GS Pioneer
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody and recommissioned 16 March 1942
  • Decommissioned, 15 April 1946
  • Struck from the Navy list 21 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 October 1946
  • Sold in 1946 and renamed Sarina
  • Sold in 1981 and renamed Rosenkavalier
  • Sold in 2000 and renamed Haida G
  • The Haida G has been restored to her original condition and still in service.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 207' 6"
  • Beam 30'
  • Draft 13' 5"
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 59
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount and two .30 cal. water cooled machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 800shp Krupp diesel engines, two shafts.
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    USS Argus (PY 14)
    Argus 56k . Gunter Krebs
    Argus 42k Bow of Argus in dry dock. RdM/2 Warren A. Cabral via Todd Cabral
    Argus 43k Stern of Argus in dry dock.
    Argus 91k Endless boredom.
    Argus 351k . George Harper
    Argus 89k 1 August 1941 Robert Hurst
    USC&GS Pioneer
    Argus 93k c. 1942
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration (NOAA) History photo
    Robert Hurst
    Argus 405k 17 September 1943
    San Francisco Bay
    George Harper
    Argus 199k
    Argus 70k c. 1944
    Off Clipperton Island.
    RdM/2 Warren A. Cabral via Todd Cabral
    Argus 45k c. 1944/1945.
    Argus 30k Flag at half mast mourning the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    Argus 75k 27 June 1945
    Invitation to first ship's party (cover).
    Argus 94k
    Argus 115k c. 1998/99
    As Rosenkavalier.
    Todd Cabral
    Haida G
    Argus 109k c. 2004
    Haida G at Tulza, Turkey during her refit.
    Photo by Captain Juergen Mais, Master of Haida G
    Jim Rogers
    Argus 49k The bridge of Haida G
    Photo by Dominik Staeuble, Ocean Cruise
    Todd Cabral
    Argus 70k c. April 2005
    Antibes, French Riviera
    Photo by Captain Dan Küpfer, Ocean Cruise.
    Argus 45k c. 2004
    Sea trials
    Photo by Garry Crossley, Electrical Engineer on Haida G
    Argus 49k c. 2004
    Sea trials
    Photo by Garry Crossley, Electrical Engineer on Haida G
    Argus 76k Main engines.
    Photo by Dominik Staeuble, Ocean Cruise
    Argus 67k Engine Order Telegraph.
    Photo by Dominik Staeuble, Ocean Cruise
    Argus 101k Starboard engine.
    Photo by Dominik Staeuble, Ocean Cruise
    Argus 57k Photo by Bugsy Getleg, Boat International 2005 Captain Dan Küpfer

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