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USS Royono (IX-235)

Auxiliary Yawl:
  • Laid down at Herreshoff Manufacturing, Bristol, R.I. in 1936, designed by John Alden
  • Launched, 4 June 1936
  • delivered in 1936 to D. Spencer Berger, New Haven CT. as Mandoo II (Official Number 235006)
  • Sold in 1941 to John B. Ford, Detroit, MI., renamed Royono
  • Donated to the US Naval Academy, 20 December 1949
  • Accepted into Naval service, 2 March 1950
  • Commissioned, USS Royono (IX-235) in April 1950
  • Used for instruction and recreation by Naval Academy midshipmen
  • Declared excess to the needs of the Navy, 26 June 1967
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1967
  • Restored at La Cioitat, France
  • Still active, owned by Aurai Group LLC, San Francisco CA.
    Displacement 33 gross tons (LT), 33.3 short tons (FL)
    Length 71'3" oa
    Beam 15'8"
    Draft 9'
    4 cyl Buda auxiliary diesel engine, 95bph
    single propeller

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    Royono 439k USS Royono under way under sail, prior to being donated to the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. Photo dated 29 July 1948. Tommy Tramp
    Royono 464k USS Royono under way under sail, prior to being donated to the US Naval Academy Tommy Tramp
    221k Auxiliary yawl USS Royono (IX-235) under sail during a Bermuda yacht race. Yacht Enchanta can be seen in in center background.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Catalog No. L45-246.04.15
    Mike Green
    Royono 122k Royono on the hard at a shipyard in Richmond, CA., 10 July 2018.
    Photos © George Schneider
    David Wright
    Royono 112k

    USS Royono (IX-235)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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