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Beryl (PY 23)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Easy - Peter

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1930 as the yacht René by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE
  • Launched 19 December 1929
  • Purchased by the Navy 13 December 1941
  • Commissioned USS Beryl (PY 23), 17 March 1942 at Staten Island, NY
  • Decommissioned 25 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 14 October 1946 and struck from the Navy list the same day
  • Sold in 1946 to the Skinner and Eddy Corp. of Seattle, WA
  • Resold in 1947 to the Maryland Pilots Association and converted to a pilot boat at Seattle before sailing for Cape Henry, VA
  • Renamed Baltimore
  • Scrapped in the 1980s at the New York Shipbuilding Co. of Camden, NJ.


  • Displacement 1,220 t.
  • Length 225'
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 13' 5"
  • Speed 14.2 kts.
  • Complement 66
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, four .50 cal. machine guns and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,100bhp Winton diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Beryl 41k Photo by Edwin Levick Mystic Seaport Museum website
    Photo added 7 April 2021
    USS Beryl (PY 23)
    Beryl 109k Namesake: Beryl is a mineral composed of beryllium aluminum cyclosilicate. Well-known varieties of beryl include emerald and aquamarine. Naturally occurring, hexagonal crystals of beryl can be up to several meters in size, but terminated crystals are relatively rare. Pure beryl is colorless, but it is frequently tinted by impurities; possible colors are green, blue, yellow, red (the rarest), and white. Beryl is also an ore source of beryllium Tommy Trampp
    Pilot Boat Baltimore
    Beryl 59k Maryland Pilot Boat Baltimore moored astern of Maryland

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