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Juniata (SP 602)

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

Patrol Yacht:

  • The second Juniata was built in 1911 as Josephine by Robert Jacob, 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
  • Registered in 1925 to Uzal Haggerty McCarter of Rumson, NJ as a yacht
  • Registered in 1929 to Louis M. Plansoen of Belleville, NJ as a yacht
  • Mr. Plansoen grounded the yacht in 1935 near his Maryland Farm and sealed it in concrete (See article below).


  • Displacement 142 t.
  • Length 139' 6"
    1929 - 126'
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6'
    1029 - 8.4'
  • 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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    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 Jacob 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
    Juniata 485k November 1935
    Article from the 1935 edition of Motorboating magazine
    Bert Zwikker
    Photo added 11 August 2021

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

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