USS Tacony (SP-5)
USS Tacony during World War I
|Namesake:||Tacony, a section of northeastern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Builder:||Mathis Yacht Building Company, Camden, New Jersey|
|Commissioned:||24 May 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 29 November 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as private yacht Sybilla II 1911-1917|
|Length:||82 ft 0 in (24.99 m)|
|Beam:||13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft 4 in (1.32 m)|
|Depth:||7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)|
Tacony was built as the private wooden-hulled steam yacht Sybilla II in 1911 by the Mathis Yacht Building Company at Camden, New Jersey, for John F. Botz, III, of Essington, Pennsylvania. In 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her then-owner, Jacob S. Disston of the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on a free lease for service in World War I and commissioned her as USS Tacony (SP-5) on 24 May 1917.
Tacony was assigned patrol duty in the 4th Naval District through the end of World War I.
On 29 November 1918, Tacony was returned to her owner.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Tacony (SP-5), 1917-1918. Originally the Civilian Motor Boat Sybilla II (1911)
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Tacony (SP 5)