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Zaca II (IX-73)


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


(Schooner: tonnage 122 (gross); length 118'; beam 23'9"; draft 14'; depth of hold 11'; speed 9 knots; complement 10)

The second Zaca, a wooden-hulled, schooner-rigged yacht with an auxiliary engine, was designed by Garland Rotch and completed in 1930 at Sausalito, Calif., by Nunes Bros. Due to the need for local patrol and rescue craft in the busy waters in the San Francisco area during World War II, the schooner was acquired by the Navy from Templeton Crocker on 12 June 1942. Placed in service on 19 June 1942 and assigned to the Western Sea Frontier, Zaca, classified a miscellaneous auxiliary and given the identification number IX-73, operated as a plane guard ship, standing ready to rescue the crews of any aircraft downed nearby.

Eventually relieved by the frigates (PF's) of Escort Squadron 41, Zaca was placed out of service at Treasure Island, Calif., on 6 October 1944; and her name was stricken from the Navy list on 13 November 1944.

Turned over to the War Shipping Administration on 21 May 1945, Zaca was acquired in 1946 by Errol Flynn, an actor famed for his swashbuckling roles in numerous motion pictures. Flynn owned the yacht until his death in 1959.

Robert J. Cressman

24 November 2015

Published: Tue Nov 24 15:28:17 EST 2015