USS Aquamarine (PYc-7)

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USS Aquamarine (PYc-7)
History
Builder: Pusey and Jones Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware
Launched: 10 April 1926
Acquired: by purchase, 13 January 1941
Commissioned: 9 April 1941
Decommissioned: 21 June 1946
Fate: Sold into private ownership, 1947
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 194 long tons (197 t)
Length: 124 ft (38 m)
Beam: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Draft: 7 ft (2.1 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m)
Propulsion: Gasoline engines, 1 shaft, 600 bhp (447 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 36
Armament: 2 × .30 caliber guns
Siele (motor yacht)
Miss Ann (5374298716).jpg
Miss Ann in 2010
USS Aquamarine (PYc-7) is located in Virginia
USS Aquamarine (PYc-7)
USS Aquamarine (PYc-7) is located in the US
USS Aquamarine (PYc-7)
Location Tides Inn, Carter Creek, Irvington, Virginia
Coordinates 37°39′48″N 76°26′1″W / 37.66333°N 76.43361°W / 37.66333; -76.43361Coordinates: 37°39′48″N 76°26′1″W / 37.66333°N 76.43361°W / 37.66333; -76.43361
Built 1926
Architect Dobson, B.T.; Pusey & Jones Shipyard
Architectural style Other
NRHP Reference # 98001310
Added to NRHP 12 November 1998[1]

USS Aquamarine (PYc-7) was a patrol boat in the United States Navy during World War II. Later known as Miss Ann, the ship was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]

Aquamarine was built in 1925 by Pusey and Jones Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware under the name Siele, the private yacht of John H. French. In 1936 she was sold to Robert H. Wolfe, of Columbus, Ohio, and renamed Seawolf.[2] Seawolf was bought by the Navy on 13 January 1941, and commissioned on 9 April 1941, Lieutenant G. A. Lange in command. She was named for the gemstone aquamarine.

Service history[edit]

US Navy, 1941–1946[edit]

Assigned to the Naval Research Laboratory, Bellevue, D.C., Aquamarine assisted in experimental work, chiefly underwater sound. Although most of her experiments were conducted on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, she also operated off New London, Connecticut, from 16 October to 4 November 1943, and off the Florida coast and in the Bahamas from 24 January 1944 to 18 April 1945. During 1945 and 1946 Aquamarine had additional duty as special tender to the presidential yachts Potomac and Williamsburg.

Aquamarine was decommissioned on 21 June 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission on 31 January 1947 for disposal.

Private ownership, 1947–2008[edit]

She was sold to Colonel E. M. Grimm of Columbus, Ohio, in 1947, and her name changed back to Seawolf. She was sold in 1954 to Ennolls A. Stephens of Irvington, Virginia, owner of The Tides Inn, Irvington, and renamed Miss Ann.

In 2008, Miss Ann was sold to private interests who placed her in Charter Service on the Potomac River. In 2014, she is located at the Colonial Beach Yacht Club in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Raymond, Michael Ashton; Hollingsworth, Kindall (1 March 1998). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Siele (1926-1936)" (pdf). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. VDHR file# 51-10. 

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