USS Wakiva (SP-160), 1917-1918.

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Photo # NH 549:  USS Wakiva at the Boston Navy Yard, 22 August 1917
 

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USS Wakiva (SP-160), 1917-1918.
Originally the civilian yacht Wakiva (II) (1907)

Wakiva (II), an 853 gross ton steam yacht, was built at Leith, Scotland, in 1907. She was active in American yachting circles until July 1917, when the U.S. Navy acquired her from Harry S. Harkness of New York City. Converted to a patrol vessel, she was placed in commission in August as USS Wakiva (SP-160). Also called Wakiva II while in Navy service, she steamed across the Atlantic to France during late August and September. Operating out of the port of Brest, she was employed on anti-submarine patrol and convoy excort duty. On 28 October 1917 Wakiva assisted in rescuing survivors from the damaged transport Finland. She attacked an enemy U-boat in late November 1917, apparently badly damaging or sinking the submarine, and fired on another on 12 February 1918, forcing it to submerge. On the night of 22 May 1918, while steaming with a convoy during a fog, Wakiva was rammed by the Navy cargo ship Wabash (ID # 1824). Flooding beyond the capacity of her pumps, she soon sank. Two of Wakiva‘s crew lost their lives in this accident.

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Photo #: NH 103478Wakiva (II)(American Steam Yacht, 1907)Photographed prior to World War I.
Built by Ramsey & Ferguson of Leith, Scotland, in 1907, this yacht was acquired by the Navy from her owner, H.S. Harkness of New York City, on 20 July 1917. She was placed in commission on 6 August 1917 as USS Wakiva (SP-160). Also called Wakiva II, she was lost in collision with USS Wabash (ID # 1824) on 22 May 1918.

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Photo #: NH 549USS Wakiva(SP-160)At the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, on 22 August 1917, showing searchlight platform fitted to her foremast.
The mizzenmast of USS Constitution is visible in the left background, with a camouflaged submarine chaser between it and the camera. See Photo #: NH 549-A for a cropped version of this photograph, emphasizing the sub chaser.

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Photo #: NH 105580USS Wakiva(SP-160)In dry dock at Brest, France, circa 1918.

Courtesy of James A. Turner, Jr., from the collection of Samuel A. Turner, Jr., who served in USS Wakiva (SP-160) during World War I.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 85730USS Wakiva(SP-160) — Also called Wakiva II.Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1917-1918, while Wakiva was escorting a convoy.
While so engaged on 22 May 1918, she was sunk in collision with USS Wabash (ID # 1824).

Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 41745USS Alcedo(SP-166), left center, and
USS Wakiva II(SP-160), at rightPicking up survivors in 1917.
This photograph was probably taken on 28 October 1917, when these two converted yachts picked up men who had left the torpedoed transport Finland. The two-stacked ship in the center distance, beyond Alcedo‘s bow, appears to have four masts and is probably Finland, which survived the incident and later served as USS Finland (ID # 4543).
USS Alcedo was torpedoed and sunk on 5 November 1917.

Courtesy of Mr. W.D. Porter, November 1937.

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Photo #: NH 105581USS Wakiva(SP-160)View on board, looking forward from the mainmast, circa 1918.
Wakiva‘s smokestack is in the foreground, with her bridge just beyond. Two “menhadden fisherman” type minesweepers are alongside, to port.

Courtesy of James A. Turner, Jr., from the collection of Samuel A. Turner, Jr., who served in USS Wakiva (SP-160) during World War I.

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Note:Though the original print was labeled USS Carola IV (SP-812), this ship is actually the much larger Wakiva.

 
Photo #: NH 105582USS Wakiva(SP-160)Gun crew on watch, circa 1918.
This gun is presumably a 3″/50 type.

Courtesy of James A. Turner, Jr., from the collection of Samuel A. Turner, Jr., who served in USS Wakiva (SP-160) during World War I.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 105583USS Wakiva(SP-160)One of the ship’s guns, presumably a 3″/50 type, circa 1918.

Courtesy of James A. Turner, Jr., from the collection of Samuel A. Turner, Jr., who served in USS Wakiva (SP-160) during World War I.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Related image: Photo # NH 105585 was presumably taken from USS Wakiva circa May 1918.

 

 

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