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USS Garnet (PYc-15)
Career (United States)  United States
Name: Caritas
Owner: J. Perch Bartram
Launched: 1925
Status: Acquired by the Navy 1 December 1941

|module2= Career (United States) Name: GarnetAcquired: 1 December 1941Commissioned: 4 July 1942Decommissioned: 29 December 1945Struck: 26 January 1946Identification:

Best Western "Ship Ashore" Motel, Smith River, OregonStatus: sold, 10 July 1947, to I. W. Landers of Baltimore, Maryland |module3= General characteristics Class & type: patrol boatDisplacement: 490 long tons (500 t)Length: 156 ft 9 in (47.78 m)Beam: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)Draft: 9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)Installed power:

  • 2 × Union L-8 diesel engine
  • 1,280 shp (950 kW)Propulsion:

2 × screwsSpeed: 12 kn (14 mph; 22 km/h)Complement: 50Armament:


USS Garnet (PYc-15) was a coastal patrol yacht in the service of the United States Navy. Garnet (PYc-15), formerly steel diesel yacht Caritas, was built in 1925 by Krupp Iron Works, Kiel, Germany; purchased 1 December 1941 from Mr. J. Perch Bartram of New York; converted to a coastal patrol yacht by Robert Jacobs Co., Inc., New York; commissioned 4 July 1942, Comdr. Donald D. Murray in command.[1]

WWII Service[]

Garnet departed New York 21 July 1942 for brief operations in Chesapeake Bay. After shakedown off Key West and Miami, Florida, she steamed via the Bahamas and the Panama Canal to San Diego, California, arriving 22 September. After coastal patrol off southern California, she departed San Diego 2 December for the Hawaiian Islands, arriving Pearl Harbor 15 December.[1]

Except for an escort mission to Funafuti, Ellice Islands, in November 1943, Garnet spent the remainder of World War II on convoy escort and patrol duty between Pearl Harbor and Midway.[1]

She returned to San Pedro, Calif., 15 November and decommissioned there 29 December 1945. She was delivered to the Maritime Commission for disposal 20 February 1947 and was sold 10 June to Mr. I. W. Lambert, Baltimore, Md.[1]

Post War[]

After the war Caritas was decommissioned December 29, 1945 at San Pedro, CA. and taken to her current location at Smith River, California as a roadside attraction and gift shop for the Best Western Ship Ashore Motel, now the independent Ship Ashore Resort.[2][3]


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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