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Druid (SP 321)



Call sign:
George - Sail - Rush - Tare


Druid served the Navies of the United States and Venezuela

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1902 as Rheclair by the Burlee Dry Dock Co., Staten Island, NY for Daniel G. Reid of New York
  • Launched 10 February 1902Sold to Senator Nelson W. Aldrich of Rhode Island and renamed Nirvana
  • Acquired in 1915 by Rodman Wanamaker
  • Renamed Druid in 1916
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 June 1917 from Walter W. Dwyer of New York City
  • Commissioned USS Druid (SP 321), 17 August 1917
  • Placed in reserve 3 January 1919 at New London, CT
  • Decommissioned 28 May 1919 and struck from the Navy list
  • Sold 10 September 1919 to Carl K. McFadden and renamed Maracay in 1920
  • Sold 30 June 1922 to Venezuelan buyers
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 539 t.
  • Length 217'
  • Beam 28' 6"
  • Draft 13' 6"
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement 113
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four Almy boilers, two 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Druid
    Druid 63k In port, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94466
    Naval Historical Center
    Druid 99k Photographed prior to World War I by Rox, Pensacola, Florida
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96090
    Druid (SP 321)
    Druid 56k Moored in harbor, probably in European waters in 1918
    Photographed by R.E. Wayne
    U.S. Navy photo NH 54570
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Harry Adrian McClure, USN - USNA Class of 1907
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Commodore
    17 September 1917 - 1918
    02CAPT Leroy Reinburg, USCG - School of Instruction of the Revenue Cutter Service Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1918
    03LTJG(T) Edmund Ocumpaugh, III, USN1919
    04CAPT(T) Chester H. Jones, USCG - School of Instruction of the Revenue Cutter Service Class of 1908
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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