USS Corona (SP-813)

USS Corona (SP-813) was a yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as a patrol craft, and assigned to the North Atlantic Ocean, based out of Brest, France, to protect shipping from the German submarines and Q-ships. Post-war she was decommissioned, returned to her original condition, and disposed of by public auction.

USS Corona 1917 World War I.jpg
USS Corona sailing for France.
History
Union Navy Jack United States
Namesake: A name retained.
Builder: Hawthorne & Company, Leith, Scotland
Laid down: date unknown
Christened: as the yacht Corona
Completed: 1905
Acquired: 10 June 1917
Commissioned: 20 July 1917 at New York City
Decommissioned: 17 May 1919 at New York City
Struck: circa May 1919
Homeport:
Fate: sold 1 October 1921
General characteristics
Type: Yacht
Tonnage: 304 gross ton
Length: 172'
Beam: 23' 3"
Draft: 12'
Propulsion: Steam engine
Complement: 63
Armament: Two 3-inch guns

Built in ScotlandEdit

Corona (No. 813) was built in 1905 by Hawthorne & Co., Leith, Scotland; purchased by the Navy 10 June 1917; commissioned at New York City 20 July 1917, Lieutenant L. M. Stevens in command; and reported to Patrol Force, Atlantic Fleet.

World War I serviceEdit

Corona departed New York City 31 July 1917 for St. John's, Newfoundland, the Azores, and Brest, France, where she arrived 30 August. She escorted convoys and patrolled in the English Channel and off the west coast of France, based on Brest, until the end of World War I.

Corona sailed from Brest 5 December 1918 for New London, Connecticut, arriving 28 December .

Post-war decommissioning and saleEdit

In reserve at New London, Connecticut, until 5 May 1919, she sailed then for New York City, arriving 6 May. Corona was decommissioned 17 May 1919, and sold 1 October 1921.

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