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Wacondah (S. P. 238)

(ScStr: t. 190 (gross); l. 177'; b. 17'; dr. 7'3" (mean); s. 18 k.; cpl. 28; a. 2 6-pdrs., 2 mg.)

Revolution, a steel-hulled, screw steam yacht designed by Charles L. Seabury, was completed in 1901, at Morris Heights, N.Y., by the Charles L. Seabury Co. and the Gas Engine and Power Co., for mining engineer F. Augustus Heinze. One of the first American turbine-powered steam "express" yachts, Revolution was later acquired by Boston banker Charles Hayden in 1907 and renamed Waeondah.

When the United States entered World War I on 6 April 1917, the Navy soon began collecting ships and small craft from civilian owners to serve as auxiliaries and patrol craft. Inspected at the 3d Naval District, Waeondah was acquired by the Navy on 24 May 1917. Fitted out for wartime service, Waeondah was commissioned on 14 September 1917, Lt. (jg.) Samuel Wainwright, USNRF, in command.

By virtue of her light construction, built for speed rather than sea-keeping, Waeondah was restricted to "sheltered waters." Assigned to the 3d Naval District, she operated on local patrol duties out of New York harbor for the duration of the war. Decommissioned and struck from the Navy list on 21 August 1919, Waeondah was sold on 4 June 1920 to the International Steamship and Trading Co.

Published: Wed Feb 17 11:44:00 EST 2016