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USC&GS Lydonia (CS 302)
ex-USS Lydonia (SP 700)

Call sign:
George - Sail - King - Pup

Lydonia served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1912 by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 August 1917
  • Commissioned USS Lydonia (SP 700), 27 October 1917
  • Decommissioned 7 August 1919 at Norfolk, VA and transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS) the same day as USCGS Lydonia (CS 302)
  • Remained with the C&GS until 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 497 t.
  • Length 214'
  • Beam 26'
  • Draft 11' 4½"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 80
  • Armament: Four 3"/50 mounts and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 1,000hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Lydonia
    Lydonia 110 Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken prior to World War I
    Photo from "U.S. Navy Pictures World War", page 101
    U.S. Navy photo NH 1928
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    USS Lydonia (SP 700)
    Lydonia 89k Rolling in heavy seas, during World War I
    Courtesy of J. LaRocque Anderson, 1930
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 46887
    Naval Historical Center
    Lydonia 102k In Gibraltar harbor, during World War I
    Courtesy of J. LaRocque Anderson, 1930
    U.S. Navy photos NH 46888 and NH 46889
    Lydonia 133k
    Lydonia 112k Reproduction of a color-tinted photograph taken while Lydonia was in a Caribbean port in 1919. Location is probably St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The star on her smokestack indicates that she was credited with sinking a German submarine during World War I.
    Donation of Fred Maidment, 2004
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 102839-KN
    USC&GS Lydonia (CS 302)
    Lydonia 76k . NOAA Website
    Lydonia 204k c. 1927
    NOAA photo theb0183 from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection,Family of Captain George L. Anderson, C&GS
    Mike Green
    Lydonia 304k c. 1940
    Antigua, Leeward Islands
    Reflections on the pier after a rain
    NOAA photo theb3911, NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection from the Family of Vice Admiral H. Arnold Karo, C&GS
    Robert Hurst
    Lydonia 136k c. 1941 NOAA Website

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard Phillip McCullough, USN - USNA Class of 1904
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    27 October 1917 - 13 June 1918
    02CAPT John G. Berry, USCG - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Portuguese Commander of the Military Order of the Avis13 June 1918 - 11 August 1918
    03CAPT Philip Francis Roach, USCG - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)
    Retired as Commodore
    July 1918 - 6 February 1919
    04LT Claude Favrot Reynaud, USNRF - USNA Class of 1912
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)
    05LCDR Jean Hodgkins Hawley, USC&GS - Retired as Rear Admiral1923
    06LCDR H. Arnold Karo, USC&GS - Retired as Vice Admiral1941
    07LCDR V. Ralph Sobieralski, USC&GS1942
    ??LCDR Earl O. Heaton, USC&GS
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Bill Gonyo

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