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Chichota (SP 65)

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1901 as Niagara III by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI for Howard Gould of New York
  • Delivered in April 1901
  • Renamed Chichota
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Chichota (SP 65), 5 June 1917
  • Decommissioned 21 December 1918 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 27 t.
  • Length 72'
  • Beam 10' 9"
  • Draft 3' 4" (aft)
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 10
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One Seabury boiler, one 200ihp triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Steam Yacht Chichota
    Chichota 89k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101039
    Naval Historical Center
    Chichota 103k Underway on the Hudson River, New York, prior to World War I. The passenger steamer Hendrick Hudson is in the background
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102813
    USS Chichota (SP 65)
    Chichota 132k Photo from the 6 August 1917 edition of the Tacoma Times
    Library of Congress archives
    Michael Mohl
    Chichota 190k c. 1918
    Courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Robert Hurst

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