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Mauna Loa (SP 28)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Dog - King

Motor Yacht:

  • Built in 1916 by George Lawley and Sons, Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 May 1917
  • Commissioned 11 May 1917
  • Returned to her owner 5 December 1918
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 18 t. (gr)
  • Length 56'
  • Beam 9' 6"
  • Draft 2' 9"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement: Seven
  • Armament: One machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 260ihp gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Mauna Loa 61k Underway in harbor, prior to her World War I Navy service. A U.S. Navy destroyer is in the left background.
    Photographed by Brown & Dawson, Stamford, Connecticut.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102022
    Naval Historical Center
    Mauna Loa 75k Underway in harbor, prior to her World War I Navy service.
    Photographed by Brown & Dawson, Stamford, Connecticut.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102023
    Mauna Loa 112k Underway circa 1916
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99595
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The first Mauna Loa, a motor yacht, was built by George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, Mass., in 1916; acquired by the Navy under free-lease contract from A. C. James 10 May 1917; and commissioned the next day.

    Mauna Loa was called in for special duty during World War I, operating off the 1st Naval District until the Armistice. She decommissioned 5 December and was returned to her owner the same day.

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