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Narada (SP 161)


Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1889 as Semiramis by Ramsey and Ferguson, Leith, Victoria Shipyard, Scotland for John Lysaght of Bristol, Leith
  • Launched, 30 May 1889
  • Acquired in 1894 by Anthony Joseph Drexel, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA and renamed renamed Margarita
  • Acquired in 1899 by Henry D. Walters of Baltimore, MD and renamed Narada
  • Acquired by the Navy 31 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Narada (SP 161), 12 October 1917
  • Decommissioned 13 January 1919
  • Struck from the Navy Register 4 February 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Sold in 1933
  • Listed into the late 1930s as a commercial vessel
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 505 t.
  • Length 224'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 15' 9"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: One double ended Scotch boiler, one 725hp Ramage and Ferguson vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Semiramis
    Narada 95k Jim Rogers
    Yacht Narada
    Narada 86k Underway, prior to her World War I Naval service
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99978
    Robert Hurst
    Narada 73k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102052
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Narada (SP 161)
    Narada 92k At anchor in midstream, probably off New London, Connecticut, circa 1917-18. Photographed from USS Thetis (SP-391), which was underway
    U.S. Navy photo NH 45638
    Naval Historical Center
    Narada 55k At anchor in midstream, probably off New London, Connecticut, circa 1917-18. Photographed from USS Thetis (SP-391), which was underway
    U.S. Navy photo NH 45639

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Narada, a wooden yacht, was built by Ramsey and Ferguson, Leith, Scotland; launched 30 May 1889; acquired by the Navy 30 June 1917 and commissioned 12 October 1917, Lt. Charles Rodstrom in command.

    During her entire period of service, Narada was based at New London, Conn. for experimental submarine signal work.

    After completion of service, Narada sailed for New York arriving 13 January 1919. She was decommissioned the same day and returned to her owner Mr. Henry D. Walters, Baltimore, Md. on 4 February.


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