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San Toy II (SP 996)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Watch - Fox - Quack


  • Built in 1907 as the yacht Columbine by Kyle and Purdy, City Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 3 November 1917 and placed in service as USS San Toy II (SP 996)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 20 February 1919
  • Returned to her owner 23 April 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 35 t.
  • Length 70'
  • Beam 13' 4"
  • Draft 3' 4"
  • Depth of hold 6' 6"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement: Six
  • Propulsion: One 150hp 4-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    San Toy II 74k Underway, circa summer 1918.
    US Navy Photo NH 102180
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: San Toy II was built during 1910 by Kyle & Purdy, City Island, N. Y., as the wooden private yacht, Columbine, and was enrolled on 30 October 1917 in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve under her second mercantile name, San Toy II, six months after the entry of the United States into World War I. She was delivered to the Navy on 3 November 1917 by her owner, Charles F. Gauthier, and placed in service the same day.

    San Toy II, assigned to the 3d Naval District, operated initially as a tender to the receiving ship in New York Navy Yard. She subsequently served as a ferry connecting the navy yard and Ellis Island in New York harbor. San Toy II was struck from the Navy list on 20 February 1919 and ordered returned to her owner on 23 April 1919. San Toy II remained on yacht registers into the 1930's.

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