USS Gladiola (SP-184)

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History
United States
Name: USS Gladiola
Namesake: The gladiolus, a flowering plant often called the gladiola (previous name retained)
Builder: Hudson Yacht and Building Company, Nyack, New York
Completed: 1911
Acquired: 17 April 1917
Commissioned: 1 May 1917
Decommissioned: 25 February 1919
Fate: Returned to owner 25 February 1919
Notes: Operated as civilian yacht Gladiola 1911-1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 43 tons
Length: 68 ft 8 in (20.93 m)
Beam: 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
Draft: 2 ft 7 in (0.79 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 10 knots
Armament:

USS Gladiola (SP-184) was an armed yacht that served in the United States Navy as a patrol vessel from 1917 to 1919.

Gladiola was built as a civilian motor yacht of the same name in 1911 by Hudson Yacht and Building Company at Nyack, New York. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, Coburn Haskell, on 17 April 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned as USS Gladiola (SP-184) on 1 May 1917 with Ensign John S. Baker, USNRF, in command.

Gladiola was placed under the operational control of the 5th Naval District and served in the Norfolk-Hampton Roads, Virginia, area as a naval port guard craft and as a customs boat.

Gladiola was decommissioned and simultaneously returned to her owner on 25 February 1919.

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