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Vamarie (IX-47)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Golf - Golf

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Miscellaneous Unclassified - Ketch-rigged Ocean racing Yacht:
  • Built in 1933 as the ketch-rigged ocean racing yacht Vamarie at Abeking and Rasmussen, Bremem, Germany
  • Donated to the US Navy, 11 November 1936
  • Vamarie served as the Navy racing yacht assigned to the Naval Academy
  • Placed in service, as Vamarie (IX-47), 10 November 1944
  • Vamarie was pummeled onto the Naval Academy seawall during Hurricane Hazel in the fall of 1954
  • Authorized for disposal and placed out of service, 24 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
  • Final Disposition, broken up in December 1955 for scrap
    Displacement 45 t. (gross)
    Length 72'
    Beam 15' 3"
    Draft 10' 3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 14
    Propulsion sail
    one Lehman gasoline auxiliary engine
    single propeller, 85 shp
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    Vamarie 161k Post card image of the wishbone ketch Vamarie (IX-47) under way while in service at the US Naval Academy, date and location unknown. Jim Swank
    Vamarie 85k Vamarie (IX-47) probably on 24 June 1939 beginning her run as the Navy's entry in the New London to Annapolis yacht race.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 59937, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Vamarie 87k Vamarie (IX-47) being pounded against a quay wall in the Severn River at Annapolis, MD., by Hurricane Hazel on 15 October 1954 after a link in her anchor chain parted. To the right is a two masted schooner at anchor, probably Freedom (IX-43).
    US Navy Photo # 80-G-654830 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Vamarie 167k Vamarie (IX-47) being hoisted out of the water during her salvage in the Severn River at Annapolis, MD., in November 1954. She had been sunk in this location by Hurricane Hazel on 15 October 1954 and was found to be too severely damaged to be restored to service.
    US Naval Photo # 80-G-649287 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Courtesy
    Mike Green

    Vamarie (IX-47)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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