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Paragon (PYc 36)

Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Tare - Oboe

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1929 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for Charles J. Davol of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Delivered 2 January 1930
  • Acquired in 1939 by the Bartholomae Oil Co. of Los Angeles, CA
  • Went aground 24 September 1939 at the entrance to Newport harbor and salvaged
  • Acquired in 1942 by the Case Construction Co. of San Pedro, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 April 1942
  • Commissioned 2 September 1942 under the command of LT Edward E. Adams, USNR
  • Decommissioned 27 January 1944
  • Struck from the Navy Register 29 July 1944
  • Transferred 23 April 1945 to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Acquired in 1945 by Herbert F. Sampson of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Acquired in 1949 by the Paragon Fruit Co. of Balboa, CA for use as a freighter
  • Wrecked 24 November 1949 on Cedros Island off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.


  • Displacement 176 t.
  • Length 138' 2"
  • Beam 19' 4"
  • Draft 9' 6"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Armament: One 6-pounder, two .50 cal. machine guns and two Y-gun depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Paragon 400k Photographed during World War II
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1978
    U.S. Navy photo NH 86719
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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