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Sanda (1917 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - India - Hotel

YP-3 served the U. S. Navy and the City of New York.

District Patrol Craft
  • Built by William E. Haff, New Rochelle NY
  • Completed as undocumented pleasure craft M.V.H. for Harry C. Cushing, Jr., New York, NY, 1917
  • Purchased by Navy for $2,500 and placed in service as motor patrol boat Sanda, 26 September 1917
  • Used as a despatch boat by the Provisions and Clothing Depot, New York, no SP or ID number assigned
    (This depot was operated by the Bureau of Supplies & Accounts, often abbreviated as BuSandA, thus her name)
  • Placed out of service, 02 January 1920
  • Designated District Patrol Vessel YP-3, 17 July 1920
  • Loaned to Docks Department, City of New York, November 1920
  • Returned to Navy custody in very poor condition, 26 April 1941
  • Reclassification as a small boat approved by SecNav (no small boat number assigned), 10 January 1942
  • Disposed of via burning by Section Base, Tompkinsville, Staten Island, NY, 04 March 1942
  • United Crane & Shovel Co. of New Jersey authorized to take possession of remains, 1946
    Displacement 9 tons
    Length 36' 2"
    Beam 7' 2"
    Draft 2' 3"
    Speed 10 knots
    Complement unknown
    Armament probably none
    Propulsion unknown, probably gas

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    Size Image Description Source
    Sanda 534k Three views of Sanda maneuvering off New York Navy Yard, 02 August 1917. National Archives photos, ARC identifiers 6120709, 6120707, and 6120708 Jim Swank
    Sanda 723k
    Sanda 522k
    Sanda 93k Sanda stored ashore, almost certainly while awaiting her fate after being returned to Navy custody in 1941. Sanda saw two hard decades of service with New York City's Docks Department; her 06 February 1942 survey report states she was "not properly cared for," as evidenced by the photo. Her hull suffered extreme dry rot (75% of ribs broken), and her engine was "old and useless." This image might have been recorded for posterity shortly before she was burned, as the cabin appears gutted, and her deck fittings are missing. Note the missing port transom as well. Jim Swank

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