USS Taniwha (SP-129)

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USS Taniwha
United States
Name: USS Taniwha
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: George Lawley & Son, Neponset, Massachusetts
Completed: 1909
  • 14 May 1917[1] or 18 May 1917,[2] (de facto)
  • 29 September 1917 (formally)
Commissioned: 14 May 1917[1] or 18 May 1917,[2] (prior to formal acquisition)
Decommissioned: 4 April 1919
Struck: 4 April 1919
Fate: Returned to owner 4 April 1919 or early June 1919[2][3]
Notes: Operated as private yacht Taniwha 1909-1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 85 tons
Length: 112 ft (34 m)
Beam: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Draft: 6 ft (1.8 m) (aft)
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 24

USS Taniwha (SP-129) was an armed yacht that served in the United States Navy as a patrol vessel from 1917 to 1919.

Taniwha was built as a civilian yacht in 1909 by the George Lawley & Son at Neponset, Massachusetts. The U.S. Navy acquired Taniwha under a free lease from her owner, Mr. Henry B. Anderson of New York City, for use as a patrol boat during World War I and commissioned the same day as USS Taniwha (SP-129). The date of her de facto acquisition and commissioning is reported both as 14 May 1917[1] and as 18 May 1917,[2] although the Navy did not formalize her acquisition from Anderson until several months later, on 29 September 1917.

Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, Taniwha operated on section patrol protecting waters near New York City against incursions by enemy forces, particularly submarines. Her service to the Navy continued through the end of hostilities, which came on 11 November 1918.

Taniwha was decommissioned on 4 April 1919, and her name was stricken from the Navy List on the same day. She was returned to her owner either that day or in early June 1919.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Per the Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images and NavSource Online [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e "Taniwha". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command. 
  3. ^ a b NavSource Online [2] the yacht was returned in June 1919; according to the Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images, the date of return is variously reported as 4 April 1919 and as early June 1919