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Parthenia (SP 671)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Have - Fox

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

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI for Morton Freeman Plant of New Haven, CT
  • Delivered in August 1902
  • Sold in January 1905 to Henry E. Converse of Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 15 August 1917
  • Delivered 18 August 1917
  • Sold 17 August 1920
  • In 1971 she was owned by Edmond Hanrahan of Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY and was in the process of being salvaged/restored by him
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 144 t.
  • Length 131'
  • Beam 18'
  • Draft 7' 5"
  • Speed 13.5 kts.
  • Complement 22
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One Almy boiler, one 300hp verticle triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Parthenia
    Parthenia 86k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100667
    Naval Historical Center
    Parthenia 100k Photographed at "The Moorings", Marion, Massachusetts, while owned by Colonel Harry E. Coverse. The image is reproduced on a color-tinted postal card, published by
    David Campbell
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102112
    USS Parthenia (SP 671)
    Cobra 76k In a New England port during World War I. USS L-10 (Submarine No. 50) is in the foreground. Parthenia is inboard of Marold [SP 737], and the stern of Cobra (SP 626) is visible at right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100561
    Naval Historical Center
    Cobra 55k In a New England port during World War I. USS L-10 (Submarine No. 50) is in the foreground. The bows of Parthenia and USS Marold (SP-737) are visible at left, tied up alongside each other, with Parthenia inboard. The patrol boat tied up inboard of Cobra (SP 626) is unidentified.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100864
    SC-344 40k SC-344 moored alongside an unidentified SC with Parthenia on the right
    Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    Anderton 142k Anderton (SP 530) photographed circa August-September 1917, probably at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts. USS Parthenia (SP-671) is alongside her, at right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100585
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Robert Boman, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Parthenia, a steam yacht built in 1903 by Herreshoff Mfg. Co., Bristol, R.I., was purchased by the Navy from Henry E. Converse 15 August 1917 and placed in service shortly thereafter.

    Patrolling off the Atlantic coast during World War I, Parthenia continued this duty after the cessation of hostilities. After being placed out of service, she was sold 17 August 1920.

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