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Onyx (PYc-5)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Fox - George

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1924 as the yacht Janey III by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, NY
  • Subsequently renamed Rene and Pegasus
  • Acquired by the Navy 3 December 1940
  • Commissioned USS Onyx (PYc-5), 27 February 1941
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1944 and placed in service as a target vessel
  • Placed out of service 1 February 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 2 February 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the War Shipping Administration as October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 February 1945
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 190 t.
  • Length 118' 7"
  • Beam 21' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, six .30 cal. machine guns and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: One 720bhp diesel engine, one shaft.

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    AMc-202 399k c. February 1942
    New York Navy Yard
    Astern of the trawler Cohasset which was being converted to YP-389
    U.S. Navy photo from the Virginian-Pilot
    Gary Priolo

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