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Clarinda (YP 185)
ex-Clarinda (SP 185)

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Unit - Fox - Zed

Clarinda call sign (1948):
William - Charlie - Oboe - William

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1913 by the Matthews Boat Co., Port Clinton, OH
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 July 1917 from T. S. Florsheim of Detroit, MI
  • Commissioned USS Clarinda (SP 185), 21 November 1917
  • Reclassified YP-185 in 1920
  • Decommissioned 26 December 1930 at the Charleston Navy Yard, SC
  • Sold 1 June 1931
  • Registered in 1933 to W. T. Ashe of Gloucester Point, VA as the yacht Clarinda
  • Registered in 1948 to Jesse H. Petrich of Langley, WA as the freighter Clarinda
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 76 t.
  • Length 98'
    1933 - 89.6'
    1948 - 89.6'
  • Beam 17' 2"
  • Draft 5' 6"
    1933 - 7'
    1948 - 7'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 18
    1933 - Three
    1948 - Six
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders, two machine guns and one Y-gun depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 150hp 6-cylinder Craig gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Motor Yacht Clarinda
    Clarinda 94k Dressed with flags, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100859
    Naval Historical Center
    Clarinda 107k Underway while dressed with flags, probably soon after completion. This photograph was printed on an advertising card for her builder, the Matthews Boat Company of Port Clinton, Ohio
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100860
    USS Clarinda (SP 185)
    Clarinda 49k Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Irving S. Florsheim, USNRF21 November 1917
    02ENS Franklin Smith, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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