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Opal (PYc-8)


Opal served the Navies of the United States and Ecuador.

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built 1928 as yacht Coronet by Germania Werft, Kiel, Germany
  • Acquired by the Navy 27 January 1941
  • Converted for Naval service at Merrill-Stevens Drydock Co., Miami, FL
  • Commissioned USS Opal (PYc-8), 10 June 1941
  • Decommissioned in September 1943
  • Transferred on loan under the Lend-Lease Program to Ecuador 23 September 1943 and renamed Manabi
  • Sold out-right to Ecuador, 13 May 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register 7 June 1949
  • Struck by Ecuadorian Navy and scrapped in 1960.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 590 t.
  • Length 185' 6"
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 11'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, and two depth charge tracks.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Coronet
    Opal 127k . Jim Rogers
    Opal 48k c. 1928 Robert Hurst
    USS Opal (PYc 8)
    Opal 74k 19 June 1941 Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Manabi
    Opal 34k . Robert Hurst

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