terça-feira, 19 de outubro de 2010


Photo - U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph

 (dp. 470 (approx.); l. 163'; b. 22'10"; dr. 10'6" (aft) ; s. 12 k.; cpl. 65; a. 2 3", 2 mg.)

"The first Wenonah (SP-165)—a steam yacht built in 1915 at Neponset, Mass., by George Lawley & Sons— was acquired by the Navy from Mr. Walter G. Ladd on 8 June 1917; converted for naval service; and commissioned on 22 October 1917, Lt. Henry G. Fuller, NNV, temporarily in command.

The armed yacht was fitted out for distant service and departed Newport, R.I., on 4 November 1917 in company with tender Hannibal and yachts Helenita (SP-210), Margaret (SP-527), May (SP-164), Rambler (SP-211), and Utowana (SP-951). Each yacht towed a French-manned, American-made submarine chaser. In spite of a breakdown apiece for Helenita, Margaret, May, and Utowana, the flotilla of yachts and submarine chasers reached their first port of call— Hamilton, Bermuda—on 9 November. Wenonah remained at Hamilton for nine days and then departed in tow of May along with Hannibal, Margaret, Rambler, Artemis (SP-593), Cythera (SP-575), Lydonia (SP-700), and the six submarine chasers on the 18th for the next leg of the voyage, from Bermuda to the Azores. She reached the Azores on 5 December and, after two days at Horta, moved on to Ponta Delgada where she remained from 8 to 19 December. From there, the yacht continued on across the eastern Atlantic and arrived at Gibraltar on Christmas Day. On 15 January 1918, she began escorting convoys between Gibraltar and Bizerte, Tunisia. That duty continued uninterrupted through the end of hostilities in November 1918."

in - Naval Historical Center

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