USS Scorpion, a 775-ton yacht, was built in 1896 at South Brooklyn, New York, as the civilian yacht Sovereign. Purchased by the Navy in April 1898, she served off Cuba during the Spanish-American War. In 1899-1907, she mainly operated in the Caribbean area, and was sent to Constantinople, Turkey, in 1908 to serve as the Navy's station ship there. For nearly two decades, she provided a United States presence in Turkey and elsewhere in the Mediterranean Sea.
During World War I, Scorpion was interned by the Turkish Government, but was promptly restored to U.S. Navy control after the Armistice. Classified PY-3 in 1920, she returned to the United States for decommissioning in 1927 and was sold in June 1929.
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Photo #: NR&L(O) 2197
USS Scorpion (1898-1929)
At the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, circa April 1898.
Note battery of four 5"/40 guns located on her sides, fore and aft of the superstructure. This was by far the heaviest battery fitted to any yacht converted for Spanish-American War service.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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11 October 1998