|USS Zoraya (SP-235)|
Steam yacht Zoraya sometime between 1901 and 1917, prior to her U.S. Navy service as USS Zoraya (SP-235)
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous owner's name retained|
|Owner:||Atala W. Thayer|
|Builder:||J. M. Bayles and Sons, Port Jefferson, New York|
|Acquired:||16 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||17 December 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 8 February 1919|
|Tonnage:||129 tons gross|
|Length:||135 ft 0 in (41.15 m)|
|Beam:||18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)|
|Draft:||7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) mean|
|Armament:||2 x 3-pounder guns|
USS Zoraya (SP-235) was an armed yacht that served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919.
Zoraya was a wooden-hulled stram yacht constructed in 1901 by J. M. Bayles and Sons at Port Jefferson, New York, for Ms. Atala W. Thayer. The U.S. Navy acquired her from a later owner, Mr. William Biel, for World War I service with the section patrol on 16 August 1917. She was armed, designated SP-235, and commissioned at New York City on 17 December 1917.
The Navy returned Zoraya to her owners on 8 February 1919, some three months after the end of hostilities.
- Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Zoraya (American Steam Yacht, 1901). Served as USS Zoraya (SP-235) in 1917-1919.
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