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Privateer (YP 179)
ex-Privateer (SP 179)

Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Love - Jig

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Unit - Dog - Fox


  • Built in 1917 by the Gas Engine and Power Co. and C. L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 May 1917
  • Commissioned Privateer (SP 179), 15 August 1917
  • Reclassified as a District Patrol Craft, YP-179 in 1920
  • Decommissioned 5 February 1930 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 7 March 1930
  • Transferred to United States Shipping Board 30 June 1930
  • Fate unknown.


    Displacement 50 t.

  • Length 106' 3"
  • Beam 13'
  • Draft 4' 10½"
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 6-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 250hp 6-cylinder Speedway gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Privateer 74k Photographed in 1917 by Morris Rosenfeld, New York
    U. S. Navy photo NH 96621
    Naval Historical Center
    Privateer 79k Photographed in 1917 with the armored cruiser San Diego (CA 6) or South Dakota (CA 9)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96622

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS H. P. Wills, USNRF15 August 1917 - 6 April 1918
    02BMC Adrian Iselin, II, USNRF - (Commissioned as Ensign late April 1918)6 April 1918 - 28 December 1918
    03LT Karl Rundquist, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)5 September 1922
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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