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Phenakite (PYc-25)



Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Nan - Dog

ex-Sachem (SP 192)


Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built 1902 as the yacht Celt by the Pusey and Jones Co., Wilmington, Delaware
  • Launched 12 April 1902
  • Renamed Sachem
  • Acquired by the Navy 3 July 1917
  • Placed in service as USS Sachem (SP 192), 19 August 1917
  • Returned to her owner, Manton B. Metcalf of New York, 10 February 1919
  • Sold to Phiadelphia Banker Roland L. Taylor
  • Resold in 1932 to Jacob "Jake" Martin and converted to a fishing boat
  • Reacquired by the Navy 17 February 1942 for $65,000 and converted for Naval service at Robert Jacobs Inc., City Island, NY
  • Renamed Phenakite
  • Commissioned USS Phenakite (PYc-25), 1 July 1942 at Tompkinsville, NY
  • Decommissioned and placed in service 17 November 1944
  • Placed out of service 2 October 1945 at Tompkinsville
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 5 November 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the War Shipping Administration as January 1946
  • Returned to her original owner, Mr. J. Martin of Brooklyn, NY and renamed Sachem on 29 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 7 February 1946
  • Subsequently resold to the Circle Line of New York City and renamed Sightseer
  • Renamed Circle Line V
  • Reportedly scrapped in 1984
  • Found abandoned outside of Lawrenceburg, Indiana on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River
  • Fate unknown.

    Sachem Specifications:

  • Displacement 317 t.
    1942 - 360 t.
  • Length 186' 3"
    1942 - 183'
  • Beam 22' 6"
  • Draft 8'
    1942 - 9' 7"
  • Speed 15 kts.
    1942 - 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 49
    1942 - 40
  • Armament: One 6-pounder, two 3-pounders and two machine guns
    1942 - One 3"/23 mount, four .50 cal. machine guns and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: One 1,200ihp vericle triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft
    1936 - One 805hp 7-cylinder Fairbanks-Morse 37D 14 diesel engine.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Celt
    Sachem 127k Photographed prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102169
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Sachem (SP 192)
    Sachem 114k In dry dock at Key West Navy Yard, FL
    From the collection of George B. Hanford
    Bill Graham
    Steam Yacht Sachem
    Sachem 102k 10 February 1919
    Brooklyn New York
    After being returned to her owner, Mr. Manton B. Metcalf
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Robert Hurst
    F/V Sachem
    Sachem 124k Underway from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY makes her debut in this very first advertising postcard produced during her initial fishing season in 1932. The inset displays a very young Captain Jacob 'Jake' Martin who was her proud owner and operator
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Robert Hurst
    Sachem 82k c. 1932
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Sachem 97k . Mel's Place
    Sachem 92k c. 1937
    Sightseer
    Sachem 74k c. 1949
    New York
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Robert Hurst
    Circle Line V
    Sachem 144k c. 1960
    New York's East River
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Robert Hurst
    Sachem 95k c. 1969
    New York's East River
    Photo from Mel's Place
    Sachem 115k Circle Line V, rests along an abandoned pier at Weehawken, New Jersey circa 1983. After the Circle Line stopped using the vessel for tours, they stripped her of all useful equipment and timber, and removed the pilothouse for use as a ticket sales kiosk. They donated what was left to the Sea Scouts and she wound up sitting idly at this pier at Weehawken, New Jersey
    Photo from Mel's Place

    Thomas A. Edison: Unorthodox Submarine Hunter
    by E. David Cronon

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