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Martha's Vineyard (IX-97)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Oscar - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1911 as a motor yacht by Charles L. Seabury Co., Consolidated, New York, N.Y.
  • Acquired by the Navy, as the yacht Thelma, 11 January 1943
  • Renamed Martha's Vineyard, 23 January 1943
  • Converted for Naval Service at Brewer's Drydock Co., Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Placed in service, 30 March 1943, assigned to the Underwater Sound Laboratory, New London, CT
  • Placed out of service, 18 April 1946
  • Stripped at New York Naval Shipyard before transfer to the Maritime Commission, for return to her owner
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Registered in 1949 by Nils Nihlan, Scarsdale, N.Y. as yacht Thelma, homeport, New York City.
  • Final Disposition, abandoned in 1950
    Displacement 141t.(gr)
    Length 138'
    Beam 16'
    Draft 8' 9"
    Complement 11
    two Hall-Scott gasoline engines
    two Diesel-drive 25Kw 208V A. C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propeller shafts

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    Martha's Vineyard 111k Martha's Vineyard (IX-97) underway, location unknown. Note the possible Mousetrap ASW launchers on the forecastle. She was assigned to the Underwater Sound Laboratory at New London, CT.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 46667. Courtesy
    Mike Green

    Martha's Vineyard (IX-97)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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