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Juniata (SP 602)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Boy - Sail - Tare

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1911 as Josephine by Robert Jacobs, City Island, NY for Edward Shearson of New York
  • Sold in 1914 to George W. Elkins of Philadelphia, PA and renamed Juniata
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 June 1917 and commissioned USS Juniata (SP 602) the same day at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 13 July 1918 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 142 t.
  • Length 139' 6"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6'
  • Speed 17 kts.Complement 11
  • Armament: One 3-pounder, one 1-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 300hp 6-cylinder 12"x14" Standard gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Josephine
    Juniata 113k . Tom Nye
    Juniata 87k
    Juniata 130k
    Juniata 50k
    Yacht Juniata
    Juniata 94k In the Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts, 22 June 1915.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 76410
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Juniata (SP 602)
    Juniata 157k In a floating dry dock, circa 1917-1918. Location is probably Camden, New Jersey
    Copied from the Donald R. Cochran album (Lot S-591), page 5
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107067
    Robert Hurst
    Yacht Juniata
    Juniata 111k At Robert Jacobs shipyard, City Island, NY
    The Juniata looked odd when her picture was taken. The war paint had been scraped off and the frames had been cemented preparatory to repainting, and it looks as if the yacht was in frame about to be plated.
    Photo and article from a 1920 edition of The Rudder magazine.
    Tom Nye

    Commanding Officers
    02ENS William Gibbons Morse, USNRF11 September 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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