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Taniwha (SP 129)

Marj. III call sign (1926):
King - Watch - Tare - George

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1909 by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Commissioned USS Taniwha (SP 129), 14 May 1917
  • Delivered 29 September 1917
  • Decommissioned 4 April 1919
  • Returned to her owner in June 1919
  • Registered in 1926 to J. H. Oberfield of Chicago, IL as the yacht Marj. III
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 85 t.
  • Length 112'
    1926 - 104.3
  • Beam 15' 6"
    1926 - 15.4'
  • Draft 2' 6"
    1926 - 8.2'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 24
    1926 - Eight
  • Armament: One 6-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 150hp 6-cylinder Craig gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Taniwha 66k Photographed during her World War I era Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102254
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01Boatswain Oscar D. Eaton, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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