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Saluda (YAG-87)
Saluda (IX-87) (1945 - 1946 / 1947 - 1968)
USS Saluda (IX-87) (1943 - 1945 / 1946 - 1947 )

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Foxtrot - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Miscellaneous Unclassified, Auxiliary Yacht, Yawl-rigged:
  • Built in 1938, as Odyssey, a wooden hull yacht, at Henry B. Nevins, Inc., City Island, N.Y.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 31 July 1942
  • Placed in service, 16 October, 1942, at Port Everglades Section Base, FL., LCDR. Arnold W. Chapin, USNR, officer in charge
  • Commissioned Saluda (IX-87), 20 June 1943, LTjg. Louis, E. Valier, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, and placed in service in October 1945, at New London, CT.
  • Recommissioned, 20 May 1946
  • Decommissioned and placed in service, 7 January 1947
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary Craft YAG-87, 29 June 1968
  • Placed out of service,
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1974
  • Current Disposition, in use as Odyssey Pacific Harbors Council BSA Sea Scout Ship #190 at Tacoma, WA.
    Displacement 92 t.
    Length 88' 7"
    Beam 18'
    Draft 10' 8"
    Speed 6 kts. (trail)
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 8
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 12 Bbls
    primary - sail
    auxiliary - one Superior Diesel engine
    single propeller 100shp
    one Diesel-drive Ship's Service Generator, 1.25Kw 110V D.C.
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    Saluda 125k Yacht Odyssey launching in 1938 at City Island, N.Y. Tom Nye
    Saluda 84k
    Saluda 75k
    Saluda 37k Yacht Odyssey underway, date and location unknown. Tom Nye
    Saluda 120k Saluda (IX-87) departing San Diego Harbor, 27 August 1955. Point Loma is in the background. Note her IX number on her bow.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 80-G-681524. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Saluda 92k Saluda (IX-87) underway, 6 October 1964. She was used for ocean research by the Naval Electronics Laboratory but also participated in sailing races off the California coast.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # USN 1105634
    . Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Saluda 150k Ex USS Saluda (IX-87) as the yacht Odyssey in use as a Boy Scout training vessel, at Tacoma WA. during the annual Tall Ships festival in August, circa 2007. Photos by Ron Jensen
    Saluda 154k

    Saluda (IX-87)

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge
    01LCDR. Chapin, Arnold William, USNR16 October 1942 - 15 March 1943
    02LTjg. Valier, Edward Louis, USNR20 June 1943 - 17 August 1943
    03LCDR. Jones, Bascom Sylvester, USNR17 August 1943 - 15 March 1944
    04LT. Dunn, Charles Edward, USNR15 March 1944 - 10 September 1944
    05LCDR. Knight Jr., John Baker, USNR10 September 1944 - 26 July 1945
    06LCDR. Trost, Frederick James, USNR26 July 1945 - 4 April 1945
    07CDR. Clementson, Merrill Kinsell, USN5 January 1946 - 7 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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