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Tacony (SP 5)

Call sign (1919):
Love - Boy - Tare - Sail

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal

Acquired Section Patrol Boat:
  • Built by Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ (YN 7) 1
  • Launched, 25 March 1911
  • Completed for John F. Betz III, Essington, PA, as yacht Sybilla II (ON 208469), 1911
  • Acquired by the Navy under free lease, 24 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Tacony (SP-5) the same day
  • Operated in Fourth Naval District, 1917-1918
  • Returned to her owner, 29 November 1918
  • Sold to Irving E. Raymond, Stamford, CT, 1921
  • Sold to Mianus Diesel Engine Corp., Bridgeport, CT, renamed Typee, 1924
  • Registered to Herman A. DeVry, Chicago, IL, 1928
  • Registered to E.B. DeVry, Chicago, IL, 1932
  • Final disposition, abandoned 1940.
    1. DANFS incorrectly states the builder was Charles Hillman in 1899, which appears to be a cut and paste error or similar.
    Hull composite
    Displacement 46 gross tons, 31 net tons
    Length 75' 0" waterline, 82' 0" overall
    Beam 13' 6"
    Draft 7' 5"
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 12
    one 1-pounder
    one machine gun

    one Craig six cylinder, four cycle gasoline engine
    one shafts, 150 hp
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    Size Image Description Source
    257k Photographed during World War I
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 102250
    366k Moored at a Philadelphia city pier, 29 November 1918, the day she was returned to her owner
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42421

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