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Noma (SP 131)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Rush - Vice Boy

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1902 by the Burlee Dry Dock Co., Staten Island, NY
  • Commissioned 10 May 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 17 May 1917
  • Returned to her owner, Vincent Astor of New York City, 15 July 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,250 t.
  • Length 262' 6"
  • Beam 28' 6"
  • Draft 15' 6"
  • Speed 19.26 kts.
  • Complement 80
  • Armament: Four 3"/50 mounts and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four Yarrow boilers, two 1,600ihp verticle triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Steam Yacht Noma
    Noma 104k Jim Rogers
    Noma 103k At anchor, prior to her World War I era Naval service
    U.S. Navy photos NH 89411 and NH 89412
    Naval Historical Center
    Noma 101k
    Noma 104k Drydocked at the Union Iron Works shipyard, San Francisco, California, in 1915
    Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1969.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 69814
    USS Noma (SP 131)
    Noma 40k Photo from Robert Hurst
    Noma 113k Photographed circa 1917-1918, probably in French waters, with the sails of another vessel visible in the background, between her smokestacks
    U.S. Navy photo NH 60294
    Naval Historical Center
    Noma 105k Off the Sultan's palace, Constantinople, Turkey, circa February-May 1919
    Photographed by Zimmer
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44870
    Noma 243k Artwork by J.W. Burbank, depicting the ship underway. The star on her forward smokestack represents a German U-Boat claimed sunk during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44871

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Lamar Richard Leahy, USN - USNA Class of 1903
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1917) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    10 May 1917
    02LCDR Howard Hartwell James Benson, USN - USNA Class of 1909
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Commodore
    1917 - 1918
    03LTJG(T) Chester J. Mattson, USN1918
    04LT Gordon T. Finlay, USCG - Awarded the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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