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Corona (SP 813)



Call sign:
George - Sail - Vice - Love

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1905 by Hawthorne and Co., Leith, Scotland for Henry A. Laughlin of Pittsburg, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 June 1917
  • Commissioned 20 July 1917 at New York
  • Struck from the Navy list 4 April 1919
  • Decommissioned 17 May 1919 at New York
  • Sold in early 1921 to Clarence H. Dodge of New York
  • Sold 1 October 1921 to Oscar T. Ledberg of Providence, RI
  • Listed until 1923 as a registrant in Lloyds Register of American Yachts
  • Capsized and sank 25 April 1941 off Guanape Islands, Peru.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 304 t.
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 23' 3"
  • Draft 12'
  • Complement 63
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 650ihp vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Yacht Corona
    Corona 94k Lake Ontario's Thousand Islands area prior to WWI. Jim Rogers
    USS Corona (SP 813)
    Corona 64k Underway in 1917, with her crew manning her rail, probably as she was departing New York City en route to France on 31 July. Pier in the center distance is marked "Compagnie Generale Transatlantique -- French Line"
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83444
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT L. M. Stevens, USN20 July 1917
    02LCDR Howard Hartwell James Benson, USN - USNA Class of 1909
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Legion of Merit - Retired as Commodore
    1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:

    Corona

    A crown; also, the irregularly luminous envelope surrounding the Sun, beyond the chromosphere.

    Corona (No 813) was built in 1905 by Hawthorne & Co., Leith, Scotland; purchased by the Navy 10 June 1917; commissioned at New York 20 July 1917, Lieutenant L. M. Stevens in command, and reported to Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet.

    Corona departed New York City 31 July 1917 for St. John's, Newfoundland, the Azores, and Brest, France, where she arrived 30 August. She escorted convoys and patrolled in the English Channel and off the west coast of France, based on Brest, until the end of World War I.

    Corona sailed from Brest 5 December 1918 for New London, Conn., arriving 28 December. In reserve at New London until 5 May 1919, she sailed then for New York City, arriving 6 May. Corona was decommisioned 17 May 1919, and sold 1 October 1921.


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