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Mizpah (PY 29)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Roger - Tare

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1926 as the yacht Savarona by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA for Mrs.Richard M. Cadwalder
  • Ownership changed in 1927 to Richard M. Cadwalder and was renamed Sequoia
  • Acquired in 1928 by Eugene F. McDonald and renamed Allegro
  • Renamed Mizpah in 1929
  • Acquired by the Navy 16 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS Mizpah (PY 29), 26 October 1942 at Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Decommissioned 15 January 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Transferred 25 September 1946 to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
  • Scuttled off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida, on 9 April 1968 as an artificial reef.


  • Displacement 607 t.
  • Length 174' 2"
  • Beam 27' 1"
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 14 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 diesel engines, two shafts.
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    MV Mizpah
    Mizpah 233k

    Mizpah or Mizpeh, means watch tower
    Map of Old Testament Israel

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 20 November 2020
    Mizpah 211k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Mizpah 211k Prior to conversion. The inscription reads "To the new skipper of the Mizpah from her old skipper. E. F. McDonald, Jr."
    From the collection of Stephen Morgan Etnier
    John Etnier
    Mizpah 211k In drydock, undergoing conversion
    From the collection of Stephen Morgan Etnier
    USS Mizpah (PY 29)
    Mizpah 296k On her trial run
    From the collection of Stephen Morgan Etnier
    John Etnier
    Mizpah 122k c. 1942
    Commissioning ceremony
    From the collection of Stephen Morgan Etnier
    Mizpah 70k . .
    Mizpah 598k
    Mizpah 598k
    Mizpah 598k LT Stephen M. Etnier, USNR John Etnier
    Mizpah 598k Ships party
    From the collection of Stephen Morgan Etnier
    Mizpah 598k
    Mizpah 598k
    Mizpah 44k 9 April 1968
    Being scuttled off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Stephen Morgan Etnier, USNR26 October 1942 - 28 December 1943
    02LT James Joseph Dunn, USNR28 December 1943 - June 1944
    03LT Bryant A. Whitmire, USNRJune 1944 - September 1944
    04LT Marion C. Roche, USNRSeptember 1944 - 25 April 1945
    05LT George P. Paine, USNR25 April 1945 - 22 October 1945
    06LT James G. McShane, USNR22 October 1945 - 15 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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