Sovereign, a 173 gross ton high-speed (29 mph) steam yacht, was built at Morris Heights, New York, as a pleasure and commuting vessel. Though registered for possible national defence service prior to the U.S. entry into World War I, she was not taken over by the Navy until June 1918. Commissioned as USS Sovereign (SP-170), she operated on patrol service in the New York area for the rest of the conflict and during the first months of the post-war era. The yacht was returned to her owner in April 1919.
This page features our only views of the fast steam yacht Sovereign, which served as USS Sovereign (SP-170) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 102227
Sovereign (American Steam Yacht, 1911)
Underway, prior to World War I.
This 160-foot turbine-powered yacht was built for commuting to New York City. Acquired by the Navy on 14 June 1918 and commissioned as USS Sovereign (SP-170), she was stricken from the Navy list on 23 April 1919 and returned to her owner.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 89KB; 740 x 520 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds another photograph of the steam yacht Sovereign,
taken from off her starboard bow prior to her Navy service. The
view, a halftone reproduction, shows her at rest off shore, with
awnings spread from her forward to her after deckhouses and over
her piloting platform.
Page made 31 August 2003