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USS California (SP 249)

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Name  USS California
Length  64 m
Displacement  271,200 kg
Laid down  date unknown
Weight  303.8 tons
Builder  Brooklyn
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Namesake  California, which was admitted to the Union 8 September 1850 as the 31st State; Hauoli is a Hawaiian word meaning "delight."
Owner  Clara B. Stocker, of New York City
Christened  as the yacht Hauoli and later as the yacht California
Completed  1903 at Brooklyn, New York

USS California (SP-249) -- later known as USS Hauoli (SP-249) – was a yacht acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. It was outfitted as an armed patrol craft and, during the first part of its Navy career, patrolled and protected New York waterways. Later, it was assigned to Thomas A. Edison so that he could conduct underwater listening experiments related to antisubmarine warfare. Post-war the yacht was sold to a buyer in Tampa, Florida.


Purchased in New York

Hauoli, a steam yacht, was built in 1903 by Robins Drydock Company, Brooklyn, New York, for mining magnate Frank "Borax" Smith. It was purchased by the Navy as California in August 1917 from her then-owner, Clara Baldwin Stocker, of New York City. After fitting out, it commissioned at New York Navy Yard 24 December 1917, Lt. (j.g.) W. Applebye-Robinson, USNRF, commanding. Its name was changed back to the original Hauoli 18 February 1918.

World War I service

Hauoli spent the first year of its service as a patrol vessel in New York harbor. It patrolled outside the harbor also, and occasionally carried passengers to and from convoys.

Assigned to Thomas A. Edison

The yacht was transferred to special duty 28 January 1919, and assigned to the experimental use of Thomas A. Edison for ASW (antisubmarine warfare) studies. Edison installed listening devices in Hauoli and carried out tests in and around New York harbor.

Post-war decommissioning

Before demobilization cut short the experiments with Hauoli, it was withdrawn from that service and decommissioned 8 October 1919, and later sold to Denton Shore Lumber Co., Tampa, Florida, 7 September 1920.


USS California (SP-249) Wikipedia