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ex-Wissahickon (SP 852)

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

Valda call sign (1948):
King - Love - Baker - Queen

Patrol Yacht:

  • The second Wissahickon was built in 1899 as Valda by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Renamed Wissahickon in 1902
  • Acquired by the Navy 13 July 1917
  • Commissioned USS Wissahickon (SP 852), 3 October 1917
  • Renamed SP-852 in 1918 to avoid confusion with the Revenue Cutter Wissahickon
  • Struck from the Navy list 10 February 1919
  • Decommissioned 12 February 1919 at Camden, ME
  • Returned to her owner 15 February 1919
  • Registered in 1948 to Frank Schwartzman, Jr. of Grantwood, NJ as the passenger vessel Valda
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 194 t.
    1948 - 79 t.
  • Length 120'
    1948 - 101.7'
  • Beam 14'
  • Draft 5' 10½"
    1948 - 7'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 19
    1948 - Six
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One Almy boiler, one 125hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SP-852 257k c. 1900 - 1902
    Boston, MA
    Valda at anchor
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library

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