USS California (SP-249)
USS Hauoli (SP-249) In port, circa 1918-1919. This patrol vessel served as USS California (SP-249) from December 1917 until February 1918, when she was renamed Hauoli
|Namesake:||California, which was admitted to the Union 8 September 1850 as the 31st State; Hauoli is a Hawaiian word meaning "delight."|
|Owner:||Clara B. Stocker, of New York City|
|Builder:||Robins Drydock Company, Brooklyn, New York|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Christened:||as the yacht Hauoli and later as the yacht California|
|Completed:||1903 at Brooklyn, New York|
|Acquired:||18 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||24 December 1917 as USS California (SP-249)|
|Decommissioned:||8 October 1919|
|Renamed:||USS Hauoli (SP-249) on 18 February 1918|
|Struck:||16 September 1919|
|Fate:||sold on 7 September 1920; fate unknown|
USS California (SP-249) -- later known as USS Hauoli (SP-249) – was a yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. It was outfitted as an armed patrol craft and, during the first part of its Navy career, patrolled and protected New York waterways. Later, it was assigned to Thomas A. Edison so that he could conduct underwater listening experiments related to antisubmarine warfare. Post-war the yacht was sold to a buyer in Tampa, Florida.
Purchased in New York
Hauoli, a steam yacht, was built in 1903 by Robins Drydock Company, Brooklyn, New York, for mining magnate Frank "Borax" Smith. It was purchased by the Navy as California in August 1917 from her then-owner, Clara Baldwin Stocker, of New York City. After fitting out, it commissioned at New York Navy Yard 24 December 1917, Lt. (j.g.) W. Applebye-Robinson, USNRF, commanding. Its name was changed back to the original Hauoli 18 February 1918.
World War I service
Assigned to Thomas A. Edison
The yacht was transferred to special duty 28 January 1919, and assigned to the experimental use of Thomas A. Edison for ASW (antisubmarine warfare) studies. Edison installed listening devices in Hauoli and carried out tests in and around New York harbor.
Before demobilization cut short the experiments with Hauoli, it was withdrawn from that service and decommissioned 8 October 1919, and later sold to Denton Shore Lumber Co., Tampa, Florida, 7 September 1920.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- USS Hauoli (SP-249), 1917-1920. Named USS California (SP-249) in 1917-18. Originally the civilian yacht Hauoli, built in 1903 and later renamed California
- NavSource Online: Hauoli (SP 249) ex-California