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USS Perseverance (PYc 44)
ex-USCGC Bedford (WPYc 346)
ex-USS Gem (SP 41)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Dog - Fox - Rush



PYc-44 call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Charlie - Sugar


Gem served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard


Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1913 as Gem by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA for William Zeigler, Jr.
  • Launched 22 August 1913 and sponsored by Mrs. T. N. Sanborn of Fair Haven, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 26 March 1917
  • Commissioned USS Gem (SP 41), 1 June 1917 at New York
  • Decommissioned 10 January 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Renamed Athero in 1922, Gypsy Jo and Condor in 1926, and later Carolus
  • Acquired by the Coast Guard 28 July 1942 and commissioned USCGS Bedford (WPYc 346) at Chicago, IL and assigned to the Gulf Sea Frontier stationed at New Orleans, LA
  • Transferred to the Navy 22 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS Perseverance (PYc 44), 1 March 1943 at Mobile, AL
  • Decommissioned 18 April 1945 at Recife, Brazil
  • Struck from the Navy list 19 May 1945
  • Made available to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, she was transferred a year later to the State Department and sold abroad
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 201 t.
    1943 - 190 t.
  • Length 164' 6"
    1943 - 164' 5"
  • Beam 18'
    1943 - 14' 7"
  • Draft 7'
    1943 - 5' 6"
  • Speed 15 kts.
    1943 - 18 kts.
  • Complement 15
    1943 - 22
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
    1943 - One 20mm mount and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,100ihp oil-fired triple expansion steam engines, two shafts
    1943 - Two Lawley express water tube boilers, two 1,100shp George Lawley and Sons vertical triple expansion steam engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Gem
    Gem 72k c. 1913 Jim Rogers
    Gem 97k c. 1913
    Gem 103k c. 1915/1917
    Before being acquisitioned by the U.S.Navy
    Library of Congress photo LC-B2-3948-4
    Mike Green
    Gem 135k Relatively fine-screen halftone reproduction of a photograph taken prior to World War I.
    Figure 29 of "The Science of Low Visibility and Deception as an Aid to the Defense of Vessels Against Attack by Submarines", by Lindell T. Bates, 1918. In 1974 the original volume was in Record Group 45 at the U.S. National Archives U.S. Navy photo NH 79362
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Gem (SP 41)
    Gem 88k c. 1917/1919
    Forward gun
    Library of Congress photo LC-B2-3948-8
    Mike Green
    Gem 128k Relatively fine-screen halftone reproduction of a photograph taken during World War I, while she was painted in a camouflage scheme devised by the Submarine Defense Association.
    Figure 30 of "The Science of Low Visibility and Deception as an Aid to the Defense of Vessels Against Attack by Submarines", by Lindell T. Bates, 1918. In 1974 the original volume was in Record Group 45 at the U.S. National Archives
    U.S. Navy photo NH 79363
    Naval Historical Center
    Yacht Gem
    Gem 128k Relatively coarse-screen halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the spring of 1919, while she was being refitted at Robert Jacob Shipyard, City Island, NY when she was being converted back to pleasure use.
    Copied from "The Rudder" magazine, June 1919, page 263. Courtesy of Robert F. Sumrall, 1972
    U.S. Navy photo NH 75655
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Perseverance (PYc 44)
    Perseverance 88k

    View the Gem (SP 41)
    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

    View the Perseverance (PYc 44)
    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website


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