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Valeda (S.P. 592)


The Navy retained the name carried by this small craft at the time of her acquisition.

(S.P. 592: tonnage 19 (gross register); length 59'5"; beam 12'6"; draft 4'2" (mean); speed 10.5 knots.; complement 10; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 .30-caliber machine gun)

Valeda , a wooden-hulled cabin motor launch completed in 1908 at Stamford, Conn., by the Stamford Motor Co., was acquired by the Navy from F. B. Richards of Cleveland, Ohio, on 9 July 1917; and was commissioned on 12 July 1917 at Rockland, Maine, CQM Cecil C. Wescott in command.

Attached to the First Naval District, Rockland Section, Valeda, given the idengtification number S.P. 592, operated on harbor and harbor entrance patrols for the duration of the Great War [World War I]. After the Armistice, she was decommissioned on 4 Feouary 1919 at Baker's Yacht Basin, Quincy, Mass., and stricken from the Navy Register on 1 October 1919. Valeda was subsequently sold to J. R. C. McBeath, of Atlantic, Mass., on 2 January 1920.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

24 June 2022

Published: Fri Jun 24 23:29:40 EDT 2022