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Mizpah (PY-29)



Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Roger - Tare

Patrol Yacht:

  • Laid down in 1926 as the yacht Savarona by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Newport News, VA for Mrs. Richard M. Cadwalader of Fort Washington, PA
  • Acquired in 1927 by Richard M. Cadwalader, Jr. of Fort Washington and renamed Sequoia
  • Sold to Eugene F. McDonald of Philadelphia, PA and renamed Allegro
  • Renamed Mizpah in 1929
  • Acquired by the Navy 16 March 1942
  • Converted at Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Commissioned USS Mizpah (PY-29), 26 October 1942
  • Decommissioned 15 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal 25 September 1946
  • Sold to a private owner in September 1946
  • Mizpah along with USS PC-1174 were scuttled 9 April 1968 as part of an artificial reef off Palm Beach, FL. Actions of the Gulf Stream and hurricanes have taken their toll. Mizpah's hull has collapsed and both ships have been
    scattered over a wide area.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 607 t.
  • Length 181'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 10' 7"
  • Speed 13.9 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, three .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 850shp Winton diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Yacht Mizpah
    Mizpah 68k - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Mizpah 226k Inscription in top right corner from Mizpah's previous owner reads: "To the new skipper of the Mizpah from the old skipper." s/ E. F. McDonald, Jr.
    From the collection of LCDR Stephen Morgan Etnier, USNR, Commanding Officer, World War II
    Original photo: Jim Rogers
    Replacement photo: John Etnier
    Mizpah (PY 29)
    Mizpah 286k During conversion
    From the collection of LCDR Stephen Morgan Etnier, USNR, Commanding Officer, World War II
    John Etnier
    Mizpah 236k On trial run
    From the collection of LCDR Stephen Morgan Etnier, USNR, Commanding Officer, World War II
    USS Mizpah (PY 29)
    Mizpah 472k LT Stephen Morgan Etnier, first Commanding Officer
    Photo by Peter Juley and Sons, NYC
    From the collection of LCDR Stephen Morgan Etnier, USNR, Commanding Officer, World War II
    John Etnier
    Mizpah 487k Commissioning ceremony
    From the collection of LCDR Stephen Morgan Etnier, USNR, Commanding Officer, World War II
    Mizpah 306k Crew photo
    From the collection of LCDR Stephen Morgan Etnier, USNR, Commanding Officer, World War II
    Mizpah 292k
    Mizpah 29k - -
    Mizpah 68k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Mizpah 220k c. 1946
    LT David D. Bloom (photo as an Ensign), last Commanding Officer
    Dick Bloom
    Yacht Mizpah
    Mizpah 116k c. April 1968
    Sinking off Palm Beach, FL
    Jim Rogers

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