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Photo # NH 85133:  Yacht Aphrodite, prior to her World War I Navy service

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USS Aphrodite (SP-135), 1917-1919.
Originally the Civilian Steam Yacht Aphrodite.

Aphrodite, a 1147 gross ton steam yacht, was built in 1899 at Bath, Maine, as a pleasure craft. In May 1917 she was leased to the Navy for World War I service. Commissioned in June 1917 as USS Aphrodite (SP-135), she soon crossed the Atlantic as an escort for the first troop convoy sent from the U.S. to the European war zone. Aphrodite served in the waters off western France or the remainder of the conflict, escorting convoys and performing anti-submarine patrol missions. Following the 11 November 1918 Armistice, she was employed as station ship at Harwich and Portland, England, and at Hamburg, Germany. USS Aphrodite returned to the United States in late June 1919 and was decommissioned and returned to her owner a few weeks later.

This page features all the views we have concerning USS Aphrodite (SP-135) and the yacht Aphrodite of 1899.


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Photo #: NH 85133

Aphrodite
(American Steam Yacht, 1899)

Photographed prior to World War I. She served as USS Aphrodite (SP-135) in 1917-1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 560 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 91435

Aphrodite
(American Steam Yacht, 1899)

Photographed prior to World War I. During that conflict she served as USS Aphrodite (SP-135).

Courtesy of Charles Sass, 1980.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 540 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 85347

USS Aphrodite (SP-135)


Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing her at sea during World War I.

Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 56KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 57627

USS Aphrodite (SP-135)


Photographed from another converted yacht, while escorting a convoy during World War I.
Note depth charges at the stern of the ship from which the photo was taken.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 740 x 450 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104493

USS Aphrodite
(SP-135)

Anchored off Harwich, England, while serving as station ship there, circa late 1918 or early 1919.
Taken by Coates, Harwich.
The original photograph is printed on postcard stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 490 pixels

 


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Page made 5 March 2003
New image added 25 July 2007