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Emeline (SP 175)



Call sign:
George - Sail - King - Boy

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1898 as Katoomba by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Grenock, Scotland for Kenneth M. Clark of Paisley, Scotland
  • Launched 28 December 1898
  • Sold in 1902 to Pliny Fisk of New York and renamed Rivera
  • Sold in 1905 to Frederic Gallatin of New York
  • Sold in 1910 to Charles Sweeney of New York and renamed Emeline
  • Sold in 1914 to Robert Graves of New York
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Emeline (SP 175), 14 July 1917 at New York
  • Decommissioned 19 May 1919 at New York
  • Sold 9 October 1920 to R. J. Robinson of San Diego, CA for $27,050 and renamed Katherine R.
  • Sold in 1923 to L. Wilson of Los Angeles, CA for commercial service
  • Sold in 1927 to E. M. Rider of Los Angeles
  • Sold in 1930 to L. Ellison of San Pedro, CA
  • Sunk in 1935 by unknown cause.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 407 t.
  • Length 196'
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 72
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts
  • Propulsion: Steam, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Emeline 105k Anchored in harbor, prior to U.S. entry into World War I. Photo is dated 2 March 1917, but leaves on trees indicate that it was taken earlier.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 54368
    Naval Historical Center
    Emeline 89k Underway prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100555

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. P. Miller, USN14 July 1917
    02LCDR R. C. Williams, USN1918
    03LCDR Timothy Michael Ahern, USN5 September 1981 - 1983
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Emeline (No. 175), a yacht, was built as Katoomba in 1898 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Grenock, Scotland; purchased by the Navy 10 June 1917, and commissioned 14 July 1917, Lieutenant J. P. Miller in command.

    Emeline arrived at Brest, France, 30 August 1917, for patrol off Ushant and to escort convoys between English and French ports. She gave invaluable aid to ships in distress, rescuing survivors of SS Spro, torpedoed on 21 December; of SS Saracen, wrecked on the rocks off Les Platresses on 26 December; and of the torpedoed SS John G. McCullough on 17 May 1918. She returned to New London after the war was decommissioned at New York 19 May 1919, and sold 9 October 1920.


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