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Yacona (SP 617)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Fox - Pup

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Unit - Dog - Pup

Yacona served the Navies of the United States and the Philippines

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1898 as Cem by John Scott and Co., Kinghorn, Scotland
  • Renamed Amelia
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 September 1917 at New York, NY
  • Commissioned USS Yacona (SP 617), 10 December 1917 at Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
  • Decommissioned and placed in reserve 26 June 1919 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Recommissioned 11 October 1920
  • Decommissioned 27 July 1921 at Manila, Philippines and transferred to the Philippine Insular Government
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 527 t.
  • Length 211'
  • Beam 27' 4"
  • Depth of hold 15' 9"
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 73
  • Armament: Two 3"50 mounts, two .30 cal. Colt machine guns and 10 Mk 1 depth charges
  • Propulsion: Two single-ended boilers, one 1,000hp vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Yacona 87k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89773
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Yacona (SP 617)
    Isabel 87k Yacona at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, circa December 1917, painted in pattern camouflage. Yacht Isabel, then being prepared for service as USS Isabel (SP-521), is on the other side of the pier from Yacona. Steamers in the background are Aroostook (ID 1256), formerly S.S. Bunker Hill and Massachusetts, which became USS Shawmut (ID 1255)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102576
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Walter Wilcox, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)
    10 December 1917 - 1918
    02CDR George Andrew Alexander, USN - USNA Class of 19061918 - 1919
    03LTJG Arthur S. Berry, USNRF1919
    04LCDR Ralph E. Simpson, USN11 October 1920
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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