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Olivin (PYc 22)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Zebra - Uncle

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1930 as the yacht Bidou by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for James Andrew Moffett, Jr. of New York
  • Delivered 29 July 1930
  • Acquired in 1935 by Bruce Dodson of Kansas City, MO
  • Acquired in 1939 by Joseph W. Droll of New York
  • Acquired by the Navy 15 January 1942
  • Commissioned USS Olivin (PYc 22), 25 April 1942 under the command of LT Albert R. Byron, USNR
  • Decommissioned 21 March 1944 and placed in service
  • Placed out of service 14 September 1944
  • Transferred 23 October 1946 to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Acquired in 1946 by George E. Gilbert of Boston, MA and renamed Bidou
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 120 t.
  • Length 124'
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 6' 10"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, two .50 cal. machine guns and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 400hp Winton diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Olivin 216k 22 May 1942
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1975
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83395
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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