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Viking (SP 618)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Boy - Fox - Dog


  • Built in 1909 by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE
  • Launched 7 April 1909
  • Acquired by the Navy 13 June 1917
  • Returned to her owner in November/December 1917
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,300 t.
  • Length 223'
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Complement 21
  • Armamant: None
  • Propulsion: Two water tube boilers, one 1,000ihp four cylinder triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Viking 97k 4 October 1909
    Hudson River, New York
    Wilber Wright flying his Model A Flyer over the Viking
    Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company Museum
    Viking 99k Photographed by Edwin Levick, circa 1916
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 89766
    Robert Hurst
    Viking 86k Halftone reproduction of a photograph of Viking in harbor, prior to World War I.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 102354

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: The steel-hulled steam yacht Vikingóbuilt in 1909 at Wilmington, Del., by Pusey and Jonesówas owned by George F. Baker, Jr., of New York City when inspected by the Navy for possible use as a section patrol vessel. Records concerning this ship are sparse. Although an order for her acquisition was issued by the Navy on 13 June 1917, and the ship received the classification SP-618, apparently she saw no active naval service. No deck logs or other documents which might substantiate any actual service have been found. She was returned to her owner sometime in late 1917 probably either in November or December.
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