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Patrol Yacht Photo Archive

Zircon (PY-16)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Fox - Charlie

Patrol Yacht:

  • Designed by John H. Well of Cox and Stevens and laid down in 1929 as the yacht Nakhoda by Pusey and Jones Co., Wilmington, Delaware
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 December 1940 and converted for Naval use at Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
  • Commissioned USS Zircon (PY-16), 25 March 1941
  • Decommissioned 10 May 1946 at Charleston Navy Yard, SC
  • Struck from the Naval Register 5 June 1946
  • Turned over the Maritime Commission for disposal, 17 October 1946
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the War Shipping Administration in April 1947
  • Sold 24 April 1947 to the United New York Sandy Hook Pilot Association - United New Jersey Pilot Association of New York, NY
  • Renamed New York and converted to a pilot boat in 1951
  • Sold in 1973 to the Polymer Engineering Corp. of Houston, TX
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,220 t.
    1951 - 966 t.
  • Length 235' 4"
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 13' 5"
  • Speed 14.1 kts.
  • Complement 108
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two 20mm mounts, six .30 cal. machine guns and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 550shp Winton 8-157 diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Nakhoda
    Zircon 54k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Zircon (PY 16)
    St Augustine 190k 6 April 1943
    Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
    Moored inboard of St. Augustine (PG 54)
    National Archives photo
    John Chiquoine
    Zircon 100k c. 1943 Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Replacement photo: Joe Radigan
    Zircon 196k 30 April 1944 Robert Hurst
    Zircon 146k U.S. Navy photo from Ships and Aircraft of the United States Fleet, © 1945 by James C. Fahey, Associate, United States Naval Institute30 April 1944 Tommy Trampp
    Zircon 80k Underway, during World War II.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    U.S. Navy photo NH 81385
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Cornelius M. Sullivan, USN25 March 1941
    02LCDR James Loren Cook, Jr., USNJuly 1944 - May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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