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Crystal (PY 25)

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1929 as the yacht Cambronia by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE
  • Renamed Vida
  • Acquired by the Navy 15 January 1942
  • Commissioned USS Crystal (PY 25), 21 February 1942
  • Decommissioned 6 March 1946 at San Francisco, CA
  • Transferred 2 April 1947 to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold and used her as a freighter and passenger vessel in Central and South America
  • Fate unknown.


  • Length 225'
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 13'
  • Speed 18 kts.
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 422bhp Winton diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Motor Yacht Vida
    Vida 118k . .
    Vida 118k
    Vida 118k
    USS Crystal (PY 25)
    Crystal 101k c. 1942
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83297
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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