USS Wacondah (SP-238)

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Wacondah (American Steam Yacht, 1901) underway, prior to World War I.
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Name: USS Wacondah
Namesake: Name retained by the Navy
Owner: mining engineer F. Augustus Heinze; later acquired by Boston banker Charles Hayden in 1907
Builder: Charles L. Seabury Company and the Gas Engine and Power Company at Morris Heights, New York
Laid down: 9/36/70
Launched: date unknown
Christened: as the civilian "express" yacht Revolution; renamed Wacondah by a new owner in 1907
Completed: in 1901 at Morris Heights, New York
Acquired: 24 May 1917
Commissioned: USS Wacondah (SP-238) on 14 September 1917
Decommissioned: 21 August 1919 at New York City
Struck: 21 August 1919
Homeport: New York City
Fate: sold on 4 June 1920 to the Gas Engine and Power Company
Notes: Her name was changed to Intercolonial after service with the Navy.
General characteristics
Type: yacht
Tonnage: 190 gross tons
Length: 177'
Beam: 17'
Draft: 7' 3" (mean)
Propulsion: 1400 I.H.P. triple-expansion engine, one steam turbine, one shaft
Speed: 18 knots
Complement: 28 officers and enlisted
Armament:
Armor: steel-hulled

USS Wacondah (SP-238) was an advanced-design yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as an armed patrol craft assigned to guard the New York City harbor against German submarines and to provide escort protection to commercial ships. Post-war she was sold and continued her maritime career as the yacht Intercolonial.

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A turbine-powered steam yacht

Revolution—a steel-hulled, screw steam yacht designed by Charles L. Seabury—was completed in 1901, at Morris Heights, New York, by the Charles L. Seabury Co. and the Gas Engine and Power Co., for mining engineer F. Augustus Heinze. One of the first American turbine-powered steam "express" yachts, Revolution was later acquired by Boston, Massachusetts, banker Charles Hayden in 1907 and renamed Wacondah.

Gas Engine & Power Company & Charles L. Seabury Company

Gas Engine & Power Company & Charles L. Seabury Company was a ship building firm located in Morris Heights, New York. It was formed from the merger of the Charles L. Seabury Company founded in 1885 in Nyack, New York and the Gas Engine & Power Company founded about the same time in Morris Heights, New York. Seabury was famous for its steam yachts and Gas Engine & Power Company primary focus was in naptha-powered launches. Although initially, the company went by the name of Gas Engine & Power Company & Charles L. Seabury Company, after the First World War, it became known as Consolidated Shipbuilding. The shipyard was located on Mathewson Road in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx, near what is today the location of Roberto Clemente State Park. Consolidated Shipbuilding moved to Robert Jacobs shipyard on City Island after the Second World War and it continued to build ships until 1958.

F. Augustus Heinze Mining magnate in the late 1800s and early 1900s in North America

Fritz Augustus Heinze was one of the three Copper Kings of Butte, Montana, along with William Andrews Clark and Marcus Daly. He was an intelligent, charismatic and devious character, but was also seen as a hero especially by many of the citizens of Montana.

World War I service

When the United States entered World War I on 6 April 1917, the Navy soon began collecting ships and small craft from civilian owners to serve as auxiliaries and patrol craft. Inspected at the 3d Naval District, Wacondah was acquired by the Navy on 24 May 1917. Fitted out for wartime service, Wacondah was commissioned on 14 September 1917, Lt. (jg.) Samuel Wainwright, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to protect New York harbor

By virtue of her light construction—built for speed rather than sea-keeping -- Wacondah was restricted to "sheltered waters." Assigned to the 3d Naval District, she operated on local patrol duties out of New York harbor for the duration of the war.

Post-war decommissioning

Decommissioned and struck from the Navy list on 21 August 1919, Wacondah was sold on 4 June 1920 to the International Steamship and Trading Company and renamed Intercolonial.

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