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Whirlwind (SP 221)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Love - Watch

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Unit - Fox - Rush

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Whirlwind was built in 1909 by the Charles L. Seabury Co. and the Gas Engine and Power Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 May 1917
  • Commissioned 26 June 1917 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Decommissioned 8 December 1917
  • Recommissioned 29 September 1918 at Waukegan, IL
  • Decommissioned 3 December 1918 at Detroit, MI
  • Struck from the Navy list 24 April 1919
  • Sold 30 June 1919
  • Registered in 1927 to Edgar F. Luckenbach of New York, NY as the yacht Inca II
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 39 t.
    1927 - 59 t.
  • Length 117'
    1927 - 111'
  • Beam 12'
  • Draft 3' 6"
    1927 - 6.9'
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
    1927 - Seven
  • Armament: One 3-pounder, one 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: Three 148hp 6-cylinder Speedway gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Whirlwind 85k Hauled out of the water, prior to her World War I era Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99540
    Naval Historical Center
    Whirlwind 89k Underway prior to her World War I era Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102565

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