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Patrol Yacht Photo Archive

USS Coral (PY 15)
ex-USC&GS Sailia
ex-USS Sailia (SP 543)


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

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1914 by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE for J. K. Stewart
  • Sold in 1917 to Henry Ford
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Sailia (SP 543), 30 June 1917
  • Transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 6 October 1919
  • Returned to U.S. Navy custody 6 February 1920
  • Sold 13 April 1920 to her former owner
  • Sold in 1927 to A. N. Andrews Investment Corp.
  • Sold in 1935 to Evan Jones
  • Sold in 1937 to Elenor V. Jackson
  • Sold in 1939 to Milton C. Jackson, Clipper Lines, Inc. and renamed Yankee Clipper
  • Reacquired by the Navy 25 November 1940
  • Recommissioned as a Patrol Yacht, USS Coral (PY 15), 27 February 1941
  • Decommissioned 12 August 1943
  • Recommissioned 27 August 1943
  • Decommissioned 10 September 1943 at Norfolk, VA and laid up
  • Sold 15 July 1947
  • Fate unknown.

    Sailia specifications:

  • Displacement 558 t.
  • Length 207'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 11' 3"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 61
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Steam, one shaft.

    Coral specifications:

  • Displacement 790 t.
  • Length 214' 6"
  • Beam 26' 7"
  • Draft 13'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts
  • Propulsion: Steam, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Steam Yacht Sialia
    Sialia 36k . .
    Sialia 87k . .
    Sialia 117k . .
    Sialia 73k . Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    Sialia 125k . .
    Sialia 103k . .
    Sialia 105k Underway prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102217
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Sialia 163k c. 1929
    Boston, MA
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    USC&GS Sialia
    Sialia 108k NOAA History website

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    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command Website
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    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command Website
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