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Gladiola (SP 184)

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1911 by the Hudson Yacht Building Co., Nyack, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 April 1917
  • Commissioned 1 May 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 18 May 1917
  • Decommissioned 25 February 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown. Specifications:

  • Displacement 43 t.
  • Length 68' 6"
  • Beam 14' 5"
  • Draft 2' 7"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 40hp 4-cylinder Sterling gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Gladiola 128k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101728
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:


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    Gladiola, a yacht used as a motor patrol boat, was built in 1911 by the Hudson Yacht Building Co. of Nyack, N.Y. She was acquired by the Navy from Coburn Haskell, 17 April 1917; and commissioned 1 May 1917, Ens. John S. Baker, USNRF, in command.

    Gladiola was [under the] operational control of the 5th Naval District and served in the Norfolk-Hampton Roads, Va., area as a Naval Port Guard craft and as a customs boat. She decommissioned and was simultaneously returned to her owner 25 February 1919.

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