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Zahma (IX-63)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Oscar - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1915 at George Lawley and Son, Shipbuilding Corp, Neponset, MA.
  • Acquired by the Navy from R.J. Rheem, 13 February 1942, at San Diego, CA.
  • Placed in service, as Zahma (IX-63), 26 February 1942
  • Placed out of service, 13 April 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1944
  • Registered in 1944 by Vincent Hamm, Kansas City, MO. as freighter Zahma homeport, New York City.
  • Registered in 1947 by Perry Storts Harlan, Kansas City, MO. as yacht Zahma homeport, New York City.
  • Registered in 1951 by Waldo D. Waterman San Diego as yacht Zahma
  • Registered in 1959 by Merlyn R. Calvert, Hollywood, CA. as yacht Thespian homeport, at Los Angeles, CA.
  • 13 July 1966 it was reported that the vessel either sank off Australia or was seized by the Australian government and sold to satisfy debts
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 75 t.
    Length 93'
    Beam 20' 7"
    Draft 9' 10"
    Speed 8 kts.
    Complement 6
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion system unknown
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    Zehma 85k Ketch Yacht Zahma around 1916. This photograph is from a data card maintained by the Navy on the vessel during World War I. At that time the Navy considered her "unsuitable for Naval use" and did not assign her an identification number.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (Ships Histories files), Photo No. None. Courtesy
    Mike Green

    Zahma (IX-63)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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