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Tacony II (S. P.  5)


The second Tacony retained the name she carried at the time of her acquisition.


(S. P.  5: displacement 65; length 82'0" (overall), 72'0" (waterline); beam 13'6";  dph. 7'5"; draft 4'4"; speed 12.5 knots (maximum), 12.0 knots (cruising); cpmplement 12; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)

The single-screw, wooden-hulled yacht Sybilla II -- completed in 1899 at Philadelphia, Pa., by the Charles Hillman Steam & Electric Boat Co. -- had been renamed Tacony by the time the Great War [World War I] occurred in 1914, and was owned by John F. Betz. The Navy acquired the vessel under a free lease on 24 May 1917, gave her the identification number S. P. 5 and commissioned her the same day.

Tacony performed section patrol duty in the Fourth Naval District through the end of hostilities with the Central Powers. On 29 November 1918, she was returned to her owner.

Subsequently, by 1933, she was acquired by Herman V. DeVry of Chicago, illinois, and renamed Typee.

Updated and Corrected, Robert J. Cressman

1 February 2024

Published: Thu Feb 01 12:12:44 EST 2024