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Wadena (SP 158)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Mike - Love

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1891 by the Cleveland Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 May 1917
  • Commissioned 14 January 1918
  • Struck from the Navy list 24 April 1919
  • Decommissioned 19 May 1919
  • Sold 12 July 1920 to S. H. Johnson of New York City
  • Sold in 1921 to Aeromarine Plane and Motor Co. of New York
  • Sold again in 1921 to Aeromarine Engineering Sales Co. of Keyport, NJ
  • Abandoned and scrapped in 1931.


  • Displacement 250 t.
  • Length 176'
  • Beam 24' 2"
  • Draft 10' 6"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts, two .30 cal. machine guns and 10 Mk 1 depth charges
  • Propulsion: Two Almy boilers, one 600hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Steam Yacht Wadena
    Wadena 156k 15 July 1897 Robert Hurst
    Wadena 98k In port, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102503
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Wadena (SP 158)
    Wadena 48k At anchor, probably at Bermuda or the Azores, circa 1918. The ship in the distance, beyond Wadena's bow, appears to be a British cruiser
    Photographed by R.E. Wayne
    U.S. Navy photo NH 45260
    Naval Historical Center

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