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Zenith (SP 61)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Tare - Nan


  • Built in 1917 by the Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 April 1917
  • Commissioned 23 April 1917 at Philadelphia, PA
  • Decommissioned 21 November 1918, struck from the Navy list and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 19 t.
  • Length 73' 3"
  • Beam 11' 8"
  • Draft 3' 10"
  • Speed 27 kts.
  • Complement 12
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 800ihp gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Zenith 104k Photo from the 21 March 1917 edition of The Philadelphia, PA Evening Ledger
    Library of Congress archives
    Michael Mohl
    USS Zenith (SP 61)
    Zenith 44k Wearing a light gray finish, her hull number in small white characters at her bow, and a rapid-firing 3-pounder gun on her forecastle. This yacht was designed with the possibility of naval service
    in mind.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Naval Historical Center
    Zenith 159k Zenith photographed on 21 November 1918, probably off Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was decommissioned and returned to her owner on that day
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 47187
    Mike Green

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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