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Sapphire (PYc 2)



Call sign:
Nan - Able - Sugar - Tare

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • The second Sapphire was built in 1929 as the yacht Margo by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA for B. A. Masse
  • Sold in 1933 to Leon Mandel of Quonset, MA and renamed Buccaneer
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 November 1940 renamed Sapphire and designated a Coastal Patrol Yacht, PYc-2
  • Commissioned USS Sapphire (PYc 2), 6 June 1941 at Boston, MA
  • Decommissioned 29 October 1945 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 November 1945
  • Transferred 3 September 1946 to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold and renamed Kirkland
  • Foundered in 1957.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 500 t.
  • Length 165' 4"
  • Beam 25' 2"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 59
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one Y-gun depth charge projector and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 850bhp Cooper Bessemer diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Sapphire 198k 8 July 1941
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83393
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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