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Ability (PYc 28)

Call sign:
Nan - William - Love - Uncle

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1926 as the yacht Sylvia for Logan G. Thomson of Charlevoix, MI by the Defoe Boat and Motor Works, Bay City, MI
  • Sold to R.E. Olds of Lansing, MI and renamed Reomar IV
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 12 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS Ability (PYc 28), 28 September 1942
  • Decommissioned 29 September 1944 and placed in service
  • Placed out of service 19 September 1945
  • Struck from the Navy Register 11 October 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 18 May 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 280 t.
  • Length 133'
  • Beam 21' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 43
  • Armament: Undetermined number of 20mm mounts and three .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 300shp Cooper Bessemer 8-G6M R diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Ability 132k 16 October 1942 Robert Hurst
    Ability 109k
    Ability 81k c. 1943
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