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Despatch (PY 8)
ex-Despatch (SP 68)
ex-Vixen (SP 68)

Patrol Yacht:

  • The fifth Despatch was built as Vixen in 1913 at Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Purchased by the Navy 6 August 1917
  • Commissioned USS Vixen (SP 68), 11 August 1917
  • Renamed Despatch 21 August 1917
  • Reclasified PY-8 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 15 July 1919 at Norfolk, VA
  • Recommissioned 2 April 1920 at Norfolk
  • Decommissioned 9 December 1921 at New York
  • Given to the State of Florida 10 May 1928
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 237 t.
  • Length 167' 9"
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 6'
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 49
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two Seabury boilers, two 750hp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Despatch 139k In port, probably in the New York City area in early August 1917, when she was taken over by the Navy for World War I service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94463
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS Despatch (PY 8)
    Despatch 66k In harbor, possibly during 1920-1921
    U.S. Navy photo NH 54504
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS John D. Lonsdale, USNRF10 August 1917
    02LT James C. Brown, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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