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Photo # NH 102197:  USS Satilla in port, circa 1918-1919

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USS Satilla (SP-687), 1917-1920.
Previously the civilian steam yacht Satilla.

In May 1917 the U.S. Navy purchased the 128-foot steam yacht Satilla, which had been built in 1902 at Neponset, Massachusetts. She was placed in commission at the end of that month as USS Satilla (SP-687) and was assigned to patrol duties along the coast of Maine throughout the First World War. Though damaged in a collision with USS Ibis (SP-3051) in mid-1918, she was repaired and back on station within a few months. Satilla remained in active service at least until mid-September 1919. Stricken from the Navy List in early November of that year, she was sold in March 1920.

This page features all the views we have concerning USS Satilla (SP-687) and the civilian yacht of that name.


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Photo #: NH 102196

Satilla
(American Steam Yacht, 1902)

Photographed prior to World War I.
This yacht served as USS Satilla in 1917-1919.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 500 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45287

USS Satilla (SP-687)


Frozen in the ice at the Rockland, Maine, Section Base, during the winter of 1917.
Photographed by Alton H. Blackington, Boston, Massachusetts.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 90KB; 740 x 455 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45277

USS Satilla (SP-687)


Surrounded by ice at the Rockland, Maine, Section Base, during the winter of 1917.
Photographed by Alton H. Blackington, Boston, Massachusetts.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 77KB; 430 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 102197

USS Satilla (SP-687)


In port, circa 1918-1919.
Built in 1902, the steam yacht Satilla was acquired by the Navy for World War I service on 17 May 1917 and placed in commission at the end of that month. She was stricken on 7 November 1919 and sold on 25 March 1920.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 445 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42547

USS Satilla (SP-687)


Underway off Rockland, Maine, 15 March 1919.
Photographed by R. Waldo Tyler.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 430 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42438

USS Satilla (SP-687)


Underway off Rockland, Maine, 15 March 1919.
Photographed by R. Waldo Tyler.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 420 pixels

 


The following photograph probably shows USS Satilla (SP-687) or USS Thetis (SP-391). These two former yachts had very similar dimensions and were built by the same builder at about the same time.

Photo #: NH 105484

Small Patrol Vessel (Converted Yacht)


In port, during the World War I era.
This former yacht is very probably either USS Satilla (SP-687) or USS Thetis (SP-391). If she is Satilla then the photograph was taken circa 1917, before the extension of the deckhouse to occupy more of the space forward of the smokestack.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 54KB; 740 x 445 pixels

 



Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical Center holds one other view of the steam yacht Satilla, taken prior to her Naval service.
This photograph was taken from off the vessel's port side, while she underway, with another pleasure craft in the background. A wooded shoreline is in the distance.
The original print is mounted on the "SP" data card for Satilla (SP-687).


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


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Page made 6 April 2003
New image added 24 March 2008