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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive

USAS Q-108
ex-USPHS Bailhache
ex-Olympic (SP 260)

Moby Dick call sign (1948):
King - Dog - Sugar - Easy

Olympic served the U. S. Navy, the Public Health Service and the U.S. Army

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1914 by Ed W. Heath, Seattle, Washington
  • Acquired by the Navy 15 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Olympic (SP 260), 9 June 1917
  • Transferred to the Public Health Service 13 September 1919
  • Struck from the Navy Register 30 September 1919
  • Renamed Bailhache 12 November 1919 after Preston H. Bailhache, MD, of the U.S. Marine Hospital Service and operated out of Port Townsend, WA as a Boarding Vessel
  • Sold 10 February 1934 to H. W. McCurdy of Seattle and renamed Moby Dick
  • Acquired in 1941 by S. Catherine McCurdy of Port Townsend, WA as the yacht Moby Dick
  • Acquired in December 1941 by the Army and named Q-108 and served until 1945
  • Returned to her previous owner, S. Catherine McCurdy of Port Townsend in 1946
  • Acquired in 1949 by Michael R. Uttecht of King Cove, AK as the freighter Moby Dick
  • She went through a series of owners in the Pacific NW, eventually becoming a passenger vessel
  • Sank at her moorings on 24 May 1989, later raised and placed in storage at Everett, WA and later scrapped.


  • Displacement 28.4 t.
    1920 - 40 t.
    1948 - 38 t.
  • Length 64'
    1920 - 64.9'
    1948 - 61.7'
  • Beam 13' 6"
    1920 - 13'
    1948 - 13.8'
  • Draft 4' 3"
    1920 - 5.6'
    1948 - 6.4'
  • Speed 9.4 kts.
  • Complement 18
    1948 - One
    1950 - Eight
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 55hp 3-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Olympic 140k Moby Dickprior to World War II
    Photos from Classic Yacht Association website
    David Wright
    Olympic 98k

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Boatswain's Mate Charles L. Sheely , USN9 June 1917
    02Boatswain Rex L. Cornell, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    (This DANFS entry does not accurately reflect Olympic's history)
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