USS Saluda (IX-87)
|Builder:||Henry B. Nevins, Inc., City Island, New York|
|Acquired:||31 July 1942|
|Commissioned:||20 June 1943|
|Decommissioned:||7 January 1947|
|In service:||7 January 1947|
|Reclassified:||YAG-87, 29 June 1968|
|Struck:||15 April 1974|
|Status:||Sail training vessel|
|Displacement:||92 long tons (93 t)|
|Length:||89 ft (27 m)|
|Beam:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft 8 in (3.25 m)|
|Propulsion:||Sails/auxiliary diesel engine|
|Speed:||9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)|
USS Saluda (IX-87) was a wooden-hulled, yawl-rigged yacht of the United States Navy. Built in 1938 by Henry B. Nevins, Inc., City Island, New York as the Odyssey, the yacht was acquired by the Navy on 31 July 1942 from Mrs. Barklie Henry of Old Westbury, New York, converted to diesel auxiliary power in August and September at Port Everglades, Florida, and placed in service on 17 October.
Saluda was assigned to the Port Everglades Section Base under the administrative control of the Commandant, 7th Naval District and remained there for outfitting. She was commissioned on 20 June 1943, Lt. (jg.) Edward F. Valier in command, and assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance for experimental work at the Underwater Sound Laboratory, at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut. In December, she sailed south to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and thence proceeded to various Caribbean ports before returning to Mayport, Florida, for overhaul during the summer of 1944.
In August, Saluda was ordered back to New London and duty with the Sound Laboratory. She continued operations there until she was decommissioned and placed in service in October 1945, to be retained at New London under the operational control of the Commandant, 3rd Naval District.
Saluda was recommissioned on 20 May 1946 for further service as an experimental test vessel. She engaged in hydrographic work with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, until September and then returned to New London for duty at the Sound Laboratory through December. Again decommissioned and placed in service on 7 January 1947, Saluda remained at New London under district control until transferred to the 11th Naval District on 8 January 1948. On 26 May, she entered the Thames Shipyard for overhaul preparatory to sailing for the west coast.
Saluda departed from New London on 16 June and arrived at San Diego, California, in July to begin a long career of service with the Naval Electronics Laboratory. Operating as a silent platform, she was used in tests on experimental sonar equipment and techniques developed for undersea warfare. On 29 June 1968, she was reclassified YAG-87.
Reverting to the name Odyssey, the yacht found a new home with the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1978, and now serves as a sail training vessel with the Sea Scouts of Tacoma, Washington.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.