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Mikawe (SP 309)

Mikawe served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast & Geodetic Survey

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in June 1916 by the Defoe Boat and Motor Works, Bay City, MI
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 August 1917 from Thomas H. Gill of Milwaukee, WI and placed in service as USS Mikawe (SP 309) the same day
  • Transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 24 April 1919 as USCGS Mikawe
  • Destroyed by fire 27 October 1939.


  • Displacement 41 t.
  • Length 65'
  • Beam 14'
  • Draft 3' 9"
  • Speed 11.6 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 75hp gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Mikawe
    Mikawe 66k A very blurred photograph, taken prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102031
    Naval Historical Center
    Mikawe 80k In port, prior to her World War I era Naval service
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99620
    Robert Hurst
    Mikawe 67k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USCGS Mikawe
    Mikawe 134k c. 1927
    Tidewater area of Virginia
    NOAA History Website
    Mikawe 161k 4 July 1928
    Norfolk, Virginia
    Dressed for the 4th of July.
    Photo courtesy of the family of Captain Robert A. Earle, C&GS

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Boatswain's Mate James Curtiss, USNRF10 August 1917 - 27 November 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Mikawe (SP-309), a wooden-hull patrol boat built in 1916 at Bay City, Mich., was acquired by the U.S. Navy, 10 August 1917, from Thomas H. Gill for $12,500 and placed in service the same day. For almost 2 years she served as a section patrol boat in the 9th Naval District [Great Lakes]. On 24 April 1919 she was transferred to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

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