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Kwasind

 

In Longfellow's poem, a friend of Hiawatha known for his great strength.

 

(SP-1233: t. 303; l. 180'; b. 23'6"; dr. 9'3"; s. 16 k.; cpl. 63; a. 23", 2 mg.)

 

Kwasind (SP-1233), a steam yacht, was built by Robins Dry Dock & Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1914 as Nokomis I; then purchased from her owner, Horace Dodge, 9 May 1917. After conversion to Navy use at New York, she commissioned at New York Navy Yard 5 December 1917, Lt. Comdr. W. W. Ramsay in command.

 

Assigned to service in the Caribbean, Kwasind departed New York 9 December and sailed via Charleston and Guantanamo Bay to Santo Domingo, where she arrived 28 December. For the next 18 months she was based at Santo Domingo and sailed to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Cuba with Marines and passengers. Kwasind remained in the Caribbean after the Armistice, sailing 9 June 1919 via Charleston for New York where she arrived 23 June. The ship decommissioned 5 July 1919 at New-York and was eventually sold to W. H. Raab of Brooklyn 4 December 1919.