Taniwha, a 112-foot section patrol craft, was built in 1909 at Neponset, Massachusetts, for use as a pleasure craft. She was leased by the Navy for World War I service and commissioned in May 1917. For the next two years Taniwha was employed in the vicinity of New York City. She was decommissioned in April 1919 and returned to her owner.
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Photo #: NH 102254
USS Taniwha (SP-129)
Photographed during her World War I era Navy service.
Built in 1909 by George Lawley and Sons, the motor yacht Taniwha was leased by the Navy and placed in commission on 14 May 1917. She was reported as returned to her owner on 4 April 1919, with another report indicating that the return took place in about early June of that year.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 37KB; 740 x 410 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds two other photos of the motor yacht Taniwha,
taken prior to her Navy service.
Page made 31 October 2003