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Bayocean


The Navy retained the name carried by the ship at the time of her acquisition.

(Converted yacht: dp. 130 ; l. 138'; b. 18'7"; dr. 7'6" (mean); s. 13 k.; cpl. 25; a. 2 3 pdrs.)

Inspected and found suitable for Navy use on 27 April 1918, Bayocean--a triple-screw wooden hulled yacht built in 1911 at Portland, Oreg., by Joseph Supple--was acquired by the Navy from J. T. Bunn, of San Diego, Calif., on 24 June 1918. To expedite her fitting-out, the ship (sometimes referred to as Bay Ocean) given the identification number (Id.No.) 2640 proceeded from San Diego to the Mare Island Navy Yard. There, while moored alongside the sea wall, Bayocean was commissioned on 16 August 1918, Lt. Vinal S. Terry, USNRF, in command.

Ordered to San Diego, Bayocean reported to Commander, Division 2, Pacific Fleet, for “such duty as may be assigned.” After trial runs and repairs, Bayocean moored to the Municipal Pier, San Diego, on 12 September. The yacht operated locally in the San Diego vicinity for over a month, conducting drills, running more engineering trials, and carrying mail, before she docked for repairs on 19 October. She remained yard bound until 7 November and in port through the armistice on 11 November 1918.

Underway for Mexican waters on 19 November, Bayocean reached the port of Pichilinque on the afternoon of the 25th and delivered mail and supplies to Challenge (SP 1015), Oil Barge No. 9, and the submarine chasers SC 304 and SC 305. Ordered to reconnoiter the Gulf of California and to confer and cooperate with the American and British consuls, Bayocean then proceeded to visit Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Guaymas, and Acapulco before returning to Pichilinque on 8 December, having transported American Vice Consul John R. Gamon from Acapulco on the first leg of his journey back to the United States. Bayocean returned to the United States from the Mexican coast on 20 January.

Underway for San Francisco at 1230 on 1 February, Bayocean put into the Mare Island Navy Yard and moored alongside Farragut (Coast Torpedo Boat No. 5) on the 3d. There, Bayocean was decommissioned on 14 March 1919, and her name was struck from the Navy list on 13 October 1919. Bayocean was purchased by Mr. L. Parker, of Oakland, Calif., on 5 August 1921, and delivered to him on 16 September 1921.

Robert J. Cressman



28 February 2006