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Hiawatha (SP 183)

Call sign (1927):
Love - Dog - Mike - Jig

Hiawatha served the U. S. Navy, the State of Maryland and the U.S. Forestry Service

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Hiawatha was built in 1914 as Donaire by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Commissioned USS Hiawatha (SP 183), 10 May 1917
  • Delivered 18 May 1917
  • Loaned to the Maryland State Conservation Commission 11 December 1919
  • Returned to Navy control 16 March 1920
  • Sold to the Department of Agriculture 1 October 1920
  • Registered in 1927 to the Sunny Point Packing Co. of Ketchikan, AK as the yacht Winifred II
  • Registered in 1931 to Lewis P. Larson of Spokane, WA as the yacht Winifred II
  • Renamed Frances
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 89 t.
    1931 - 87 t.
  • Length 95'
    1931 - 89.8'
  • Beam 17'
    1931 - 16.6'
  • Draft 5'
    1931 - 7.7'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 26
    1931 - Three
  • Armament one 3-pounder, one 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 80hp 8-cylinder Winton gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Hiawatha/Inca 71k Probably photographed in the Norfolk, Virginia, area in 1917-18. USS Inca (SP 1212) is at left, wearing the Naval Aviation star insignia. The Wallace Brothers gasoline engine machine shop is at right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101791
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