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Wakiva II (SP 160)

Sunk 22 May 1918

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built by Ramsey and Ferguson, Leith, Scotland
  • Launched 3 February 1907
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 July 1917
  • Commissioned USS Wakiva II (SP 160), 6 August 1917 at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
  • Collided with USS Wabash (ID 1824) and sank 22 May 1918 off Īle d'Yeu, France.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 853 t.
  • Length 239' 6"
  • Beam 30' 6"
  • Draft 15'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Armament: Four 3" mounts and two .30 cal. machine guns.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Wakiva II
    Wakiva 52k Photographed prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 103478
    Naval Historical Center
    Wakiva 147k c. 1907 Jim Rogers
    Wakiva 69k Line drawing by Ronald Moore, c. 1947
    USS Wakiva II (SP 160)
    Wakiva 111k At the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, on 22 August 1917, showing searchlight platform fitted to her foremast. The mizzenmast of USS Constitution is visible in the left background, with a camouflaged submarine chaser between it and the camera.
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 549
    Naval Historical Center
    Wakiva 86k Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1917-1918, while Wakiva II was escorting a convoy.
    Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 85730
    Wakiva 86k USS Alcedo (SP-166), left center, and Wakiva II, at right picking up survivors in 1917. This photograph was probably taken on 28 October 1917, when these two converted yachts picked up men who had left the torpedoed transport Finland. The two-stacked ship in the center distance, beyond Alcedo's bow, appears to have four masts and is probably Finland, which survived the incident and later served as USS Finland (ID 4543). Alcedo was torpedoed and sunk on 5 November 1917.
    Courtesy of Mr. W.D. Porter, November 1937.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 41745
    Robert Hurst
    Wakiva 137k In dry dock at Brest, France, circa 1918.
    Courtesy of James A. Turner Jr., from the collection of Samuel A. Turner, Jr., who served in USS Wakiva during World War I.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105580
    Wakiva 124k View on board, looking forward from the mainmast, circa 1918. Wakiva's smokestack is in the foreground, with her bridge just beyond. Two "menhadden fisherman" type minesweepers are alongside,
    to port
    Courtesy of James A. Turner Jr., from the collection of Samuel A. Turner, Jr., who served in USS Wakiva during World War I.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105581
    Wakiva 141k Gun crew on watch, circa 1918. This gun is presumably a 3"/50 type
    Courtesy of James A. Turner Jr., from the collection of Samuel A. Turner, Jr., who served in USS Wakiva during World War I.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105582

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas R. Kurtz, USN - USNA Class of ?
    Awarded the Navy Cross - Retired as Rear Admiral
    6 August 1917
    02CDR Guy Erwin Davis, USN - USNA Class of ?
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal - Retired as Captain
    November 1917
    03LCDR Ezra Griffin Allen, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    22 May 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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