Pawnee, a 114-foot steam yacht, was built at Neponset, Massachusetts, in 1904. She was purchased by the Navy in late June 1917 and commissioned as USS Pawnee (SP-699) at the beginning of July. To avoid confusion with a pre-existing Navy tug of the same name, her name was changed to SP-699 in April 1918. Her First World War service, probably in the New England area, included minesweeping work. Decommissioned after the end of the conflict, SP-699 was sold in July 1920, but this transaction was not completed and she was resold in July 1921.
This page features our only views of the steam yacht Pawnee, which served as USS Pawnee (SP-699) and USS SP-699 during the World War I era.
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Photo #: NH 102125
Pawnee (American Steam Yacht, 1904)
Photographed while underway, prior to World War I.
This yacht was purchased by the Navy on 26 June 1917 and commissioned on 1 July 1917 as USS Pawnee (SP-699). She was renamed SP-699 in early 1918 and sold on 12 July 1921.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 445 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds another view of the yacht Pawnee, taken before
she entered Navy service. This photograph shows her from off
the port bow, moored in a harbor and housed over for storage.
A smaller two-masted sailboat is moored nearby, partially obscuring
Page made 12 October 2002