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Pyrope (PYc-17)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Mike - Peter

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1923 as the yacht Oceanus by Germania Werft, Kiel, Germany for John William Kiser of New York, NY
  • Acquired in 1927 by Donaldson Brown of New York and renamed Oceania
  • Acquired in 1939 by Fred Perry of Allenhurst, NJ
  • Purchased by the Maritime Commission 27 December 1941
  • Transferred to the Navy 8 January 1942 and converted for Naval service at Martinolich Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA
  • Commissioned USS Pyrope (PYc-17), 11 March 1942 under the command of LTJG John A. Gorham, USNR
  • Decommissioned 13 December 1946 at San Francisco, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1947 and transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
  • Acquired in 1947 by Walter N. Gates of Long Beach, CA and renamed Oceania
  • Acquired in 1952 by Nutrilite Products, Inc. of Buena Park, CA
  • Acquired in 1959 by Walter H. McMillion of Long Beach
  • Out of documentation 12 October 1961
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 490 t.
  • Length 156' 4"
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 13' 2"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 49
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 600shp Krupp diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Pyrope 76k c. 1923/1925
    Jim Rogers
    Pyrope 54k c. 1957
    Los Angeles harbor

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