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Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Peter - Zebra

ex-De Grasse (ID 1217)

De Grasse call sign (1919):
Love - Rush - King - Jig

Fleet call sign (1947):
King - Love - Victor - Mike

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first De Grasse was built in 1918 as Fleet by George Lawley and Sons Corp., Neponset, MA
  • Renamed De Grasse
  • Though ordered taken over for World War I Naval service 7 June 1917, she was not placed in commission until her construction was completed about a year later
  • She briefly served in mid-Atlantic coastal waters before being returned to her owner, J. L. Redmond of New York City, 7 November 1918
  • Renamed Fleet in 1929
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1942 and designated as a District Patrol Craft, YP-506
  • Struck from the Navy Register 29 July 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1946
  • Registered in 1947 to W. E. G. Trail of Hampton, VA as the yacht Fleet out of Newport News, VA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 67 t.
  • Length 81' 2"
  • Beam 13'
  • Draft 4' 1"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement: Five
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One Seabury boiler, one 650shp Westinghouse steam turbine, one shaft.
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    De Grasse 89k In an icy harbor, circa 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94479-A
    Naval Historical Center

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