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Harvard (SP 209)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Mike - Charlie - Jig

Patrol Yacht:

  • Laid down 5 October 1893 as the yacht Eleanor by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME for William A. Slater of Norwich, CT
  • Launched 7 May 1894 (The biggest American yacht of her day)
  • Delivered 6 October 1894
  • Sold in 1900 to Charles F. Baker, Jr. and renamed Wacouta
  • Acquired by the Navy in April 1917
  • Renamed and commissioned USS Harvard (SP 209) 10 May 1917
  • Decommissioned and returned to her owner 26 July 1919
  • Sold in 1921 to Greek owners and renamed Athinia, used as an inter-island passanger steamer between Greece and Italy
  • Sunk by German aircraft 22 April 1941 at Itea, Greece
  • Hulk scrapped after the war.


  • Displacement 803 t. (Changed in 1921 to 968 t.)
  • Length 243'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Beam 32'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 37
  • Armament: Four 3-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three masted bark rigged with 11,000 square feet of canvas, two Scotch boilers, one 1,000ihp vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Eleanor
    Harvard 78k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Harvard 219k . Maunsel White
    Harvard 127k
    Harvard 135k
    Harvard 108k c. 1898
    Yacht Wacouta
    Harvard 92k Photographed prior to World War I as Wacouta by Edwin Levick, New York.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89409
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Harvard (SP 209)
    Harvard 69k Photographed during World War I by Edwin Levick, New York.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101778
    Naval Historical Center
    Corsair/Harvard 49k Fine screen halftone reproduction of a photograph taken while she was fitting out for World War I service. c. May 1917. Next ship inboard is USS Corsair (SP 159).
    Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85734

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Archibald Graham Stirling, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920) - Retired as Commander
    May 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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