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Kanised (SP 439)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Quack - King

Thetis call sign (1933):
King - Mike - Option - Mike

Motor Yacht:

  • Built in 1909 as Nahmeoka at Long Branch, NJ
  • Renamed Tuscanola and Kanised
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Kanised (SP 439), 12 May 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 31 March 1919
  • Sold 13 December 1919 to J. A. Mickelson of Morris Heights, NY
  • Registered in 1933 to Warren Somers of Atlantic City, NJ as the yacht Thetis
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 61 t.
  • Length 94'
    1933 - 89.8'
  • Beam 17' 6"
  • Draft 5' 3"
    1933 - 7.7'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: 18
    1933 - Two
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One 150hp 6-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Motor Yacht Nahmeoka
    Kanised 134k Photographed prior to World War I
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99477
    Robert Hurst
    Motor Yacht Kanised
    Kanised 60k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101953
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Kanised (SP 439)
    Kanised 93k Underway during World War I. This photograph was possibly taken from USS Iowa (Battleship No. 4) in the Hampton Roads area, Virginia, in 1918.
    Collection of Commander Haines H. Lippincott, USN (Chaplains Corps)
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 101350
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Charles Van Voorhis, USNRF12 May 1917
    02LTJG Jesse Thomas Hodges, USNRF1918 - 31 March 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:Kanised (SP-439), a motor yacht, was built in 1910 at Long Branch, N.J., and acquired from her owner, Louis Kahn, of Baltimore in May 1917. She had formerly been named Nahmeoka and Tuscanola. Kanised commissioned soon afterward, Ens. C. Van Voorhis, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk. Kanised operated in the Hampton Roads area during the balance of World War 1. She served as mail ship on harbor patrol and as flagship of Squadron 4 on section patrol. After the war, she remained at Norfolk until being sold 13 December 1919, to J. A. Mickelson of Morris Heights, N.Y.

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