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Photo # 80-G-1009391:  USS Nokomis in port during the early 1920s

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USS Nokomis (SP-609, later PY-6), 1917-1938.
Originally Steam Yacht Nokomis II (1914)

Nokomis II, an 872 gross ton steam yacht, was built in 1914 by Pusey & Jones of Wilmington, Delaware. At the beginning of June 1917 her owner, Horarce E. Dodge of Detroit, Michigan, sold her to the Navy for World War I service. Following conversion to a patrol vessel, she was placed in commission in early December 1917 as Nokomis (SP-609). A few weeks later she began a trans-Atlantic voyage, by way of Bermuda and the Azores. Nokomis spent the rest of the conflict on patrol and escort duty off western France, and remained in European waters for several months after the November 1918 Armistice brought an end to the fighting.

Returning to the United States in August 1919, Nokomis was reclassified PY-6 in July 1920 and decommissioned in February 1921. Soon returned to active duty, she operated in the Caribbean and along the Central American coast as a survey ship for nearly two decades more. USS Nokomis was decommissioned in February 1938 and stricken from the list of Navy ships in May of that year.

This page features, and provides links to, selected views concerning the steam yacht Nokomis II of 1914 and USS Nokomis (SP-609, later PY-6).

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Nokomis (PY-6) -- Post-World War I Surveying Activities.


    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

    Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

    Photo #: NH 44868

    Nokomis II
    (American Steam Yacht, 1914)

    Photographed in 1914-1917.
    Acquired by the Navy on 1 June 1917, this yacht was commissioned as USS Nokomis (SP-609) on 3 December 1917. Redesignated PY-6 in July 1920, she served until 1938.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 51KB; 740 x 480 pixels

     
    Photo #: 80-G-1009391

    USS Nokomis
    (PY-6)

    In port during the early 1920s, with USS SC-154 astern. Location is probably in Cuba or another place in the Caribbean area.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

    Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 520 pixels

    Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

     
    Photo #: NH 44867

    USS Nokomis
    (PY-6)

    At anchor, circa the 1920s or 1930s.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 550 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 44869

    USS Nokomis
    (PY-6)

    At anchor, circa the 1920s or 1930s.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 56KB; 740 x 530 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 90915

    USS Nokomis
    (PY-6)

    In port, circa the 1920s.

    Courtesy of Rear Admiral Joseph M. Worthington, USN (Retired), 1980.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 550 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 101031

    USS Nokomis
    (PY-6)

    Photographed circa 1925-1926, probably while on survey duty in Cuban waters.
    This photograph is printed on textured paper, embossed with a border inside its edges.

    Copied from the USS Nokomis Cuban Survey album. Donation of Carter Rila, 1986.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 510 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 102903

    USS Nokomis
    (PY-6)

    Dressed with flags at Puerto Colombia, Colombia, 4 July 1935.

    Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps Museum.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 44KB; 740 x 450 pixels

     


    In addition to the views reference above, the National Archives appears to hold at least one other photograph of USS Nokomis (PY-6). The following listing describes this image:

    The image listed below is NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
    DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".


  • Photo #: 80-G-1017144
    USS Nokomis (PY-6) at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, 9 March 1937.
    Port broadside surface view, showing the ship alongside a wharf.


    Reproductions of this image should be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system for pictures not held by the Naval Historical Center.

    The image listed above is NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".


  • For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Nokomis (PY-6) -- Post-World War I Surveying Activities.


    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."


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