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Robert Center (YX-17)

Wood-hulled racing cutter
  • Built by George Lawley & Son, South Boston, MA
  • Delivered as yacht Medusa to Robert Center, New York, NY (ON 91914), 1883
  • Presented to U.S. Naval Academy as gift by Mrs. Mary E. Ludlow, New York, NY (Center's mother), 24 May 1895
  • Placed in service at Port Jefferson, NY, as Robert Center, 21 June 1895, LT John Daniels commanding
  • Served as training vessel at U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1895-1933
  • Assigned symbol YX-17 in Navy Filing Manual, circa 1920
  • Struck from Naval Register, 04 January 1933
  • Sold to Paul G. Swars, New York, NY, 24 March 1933
  • Reverted to name Medusa
  • Sold to Gabriel Dissalvo, New York, NY, 1936
  • Final disposition, out of documentation, 1944
    Displacement 28 tons
    Length 65' 11"
    Beam 11' 10"
    Draft 3' (hull) 11' (centerboard)
    Accommodations unknown
    Propulsion none

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    YX-17 1000k Robert Center (YX-17) moored at the Naval Academy, circa 1930. Cumberland (IX-8) and Reina Mercedes (IX-25) are in the background.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 72655
    Dave Wright
    YX-17 1038k Robert Center (YX-17) moored at the Naval Academy, circa 1930. The stern of Cumberland (IX-8) is at right.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 72656
    Dave Wright

    Robert Center (YX-17)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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