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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive

Sovereign (SP 170)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Boy - Sail - Rush

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1911 by Gas Engine and Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 June 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register 23 April 1919 and returned to the estate of Matthew Chaloner Durfee Borden (July 1842 - May 1912) of Fall River, MA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 173 t.
  • Length 166'
  • Beam 16' 3"
  • Draft 4' 6" (aft)
  • Depth of hold 9" 4"
  • Speed 25.2 kts.
  • Complement 36
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Seabury oil fired boilers, two 2,000hp Curtis steam turbines, two shafts.
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    Sovereign 147k Underway prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102227
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: The second Sovereign (SP-170)-a steam yacht built in 1911 by Charles L. Seabury & Co., Morris Heights, N.Y.-was acquired by the Navy on 14 June 1918 from the estate of M. C. D. Borden. Commanded by Lt. C. F. Wure, she served the 3d Naval District as a patrol craft for 10 months. On 23 April 1919, her name was struck from the Navy list; and, soon thereafter, she was returned to her owner.

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