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Sultana (SP 134)

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1889 by Henderson and Robbins, Erie Basin, NY
  • Loaned to the Navy 4 May 1917
  • Commissioned 27 May 1917
  • Returned to her owner 17 February 1919 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 400 t.
  • Length 190' 6"
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 13'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: Four 3"/50 mounts and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Almy boilers, one 615hp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Yacht Sultana
    Sultana 88k At anchor, prior to her World War I Navy service
    Photographed by Edwin Levick, New York
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96642
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Sultana (SP 134)
    Sultana 151k In drydock at Lorient, France, 30 June 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42428
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Ezra Griffin Allen, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    27 May 1917
    02LCDR Francis A. LaRoche, USN - USNA Class of 1910
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    28 February 1918 - 14 June 1918
    03LT Louis Peter Wenzell, USN - USNA Class of 1912
    Awarded the Bronze Star (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    04LT Earl A. Barker, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Sultana (SP-134) was built in 1889 by Henderson and Robbins at Erie Basin, N. Y. On 4 May 1917, Mrs. E. H. Harriman of New York City loaned the steam yacht to the United States Navy under a free lease; and she was commissioned on 27 May 1917, Lt. E. G. Allen in command.

    Sultana was fitted out at the New York Navy Yard, and she joined a special patrol force at Tompkinsville, N.Y., on 6 June. The force sailed for France on 9 June. On 4 July, she rescued 45 survivors of the American merchantman, Orleans which has been torpedoed the day before; and she landed them at Brest, France, that evening. From 4 July 1917 to 5 December 1918, Sultana was attached to the United States Patrol Squadron based at Brest. During that period the ship performed escort and patrol duty. After the fighting ended, she headed for home on 5 December; proceeded via the Azores and Bermuda; and arrived at New York on 28 December 1918.

    Sultana was returned to Mrs. Harriman on 17 February 1919 and struck from the Navy list.

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