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Kajeruna (SP 389)

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1903 as Hauoli by John N. Robinton, Erie Basin, NY for Frank M. Smith of Shelter Island, NY
  • Renamed Seminole and Kajeruna
  • Acquired by the Navy in May 1917 from A. W. Gieske of Baltimore, MD and commissioned USS Kajeruna (SP 389) the same day
  • Returned to her owner 16 January 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 147 t.
  • Length 153'
  • Beam 14' 6"
  • Draft 7' 9"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Armament: Two 6-pounders and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 850ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Yacht Kajeruna
    Kajeruna 105k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99476
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Kajeruna (SP 389)
    Kajeruna 89k Photographed during World War I, painted in "dazzle" camouflage.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101951
    Naval Historical Center
    Kajeruna 98k Off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, circa October 1918.
    Collection of Arthur J. Rozett
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 102952-A
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Kajeruna (SP-398), a steel-hulled steam yacht, was built in 1902 by John N. Robinton & Son, Erie Basin, N.Y., and was acquired from her owner, A. W. Gieske of Baltimore, in May 1917 and commissioned, Lt. J. R. Hudgins, USNRF, in command. Assigned to the 5th Naval District based at Norfolk, Kajeruna acted as flagship for Patrol Squadron 3. She operated in Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay until being returned to her owner 16 January 1919.

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