USS Carnelian

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USS Carnelian
USS Carnelian (PY-19)
United States
  • Trudione (October 1930−December 1930)
  • Seventeen (December 1930−June 1941)
BuilderBath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down5 May 1930
Launched18 October 1930
RenamedSeventeen, December 1930
FateSold to the US Navy 13 May 1941
United States
Acquired13 May 1941
Commissioned7 June 1941
Decommissioned4 January 1946
Stricken21 January 1946
FateTransferred to the Maritime Commission, 24 October 1946
General characteristics
TypePatrol yacht
Displacement500 long tons (508 t)
Length190 ft 11 in (58.19 m)
Beam26 ft (7.9 m)
Draft11 ft (3.4 m)
Installed power
Propulsion2 × screws
Speed13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement59 officers and enlisted

USS Carnelian (PY-19) was a converted yacht that patrolled with the United States Navy in World War II. She was named for carnelian (a semi-precious stone).

Construction, acquisition, and commissioning[edit]

Carnelian was built as the yacht Trudione in 1930 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine for Ross W. Judson who was president of Bath Iron Works and Continental Motors Corporation. It was named after his twin daughters, Trudi & Ione.[citation needed] She was renamed Seventeen in December 1930. She was then purchased by the Navy on 13 May 1941 and commissioned on 7 June 1941.[1]

Service history[edit]

Carnelian arrived at Jacksonville, Florida, on 23 February 1942 for patrol duty in the Caribbean. Later based on New Orleans, Louisiana for duty escorting convoys to Galveston, Texas and Key West, Carnelian provided essential services to the Gulf Sea Frontier in its task of guarding a wide area with minimal forces. From November 1942 through January 1944, the converted yacht screened convoys, composed primarily of tankers with cargoes of oil, between Trinidad and Recife, Brazil.[1]

After overhaul, Carnelian joined the anti-submarine training group based at Norfolk, Virginia, with whom she served until 25 January 1945. Assigned then to the Potomac River Naval Command, she was based at the Mine Warfare Test Station, Solomons, Maryland, for mine test operations in Chesapeake Bay.[1]

Carnelian was decommissioned on 4 January 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission on 24 October 1946.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Carnelian". Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 27 January 2016.

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

External links[edit]

Photo gallery of USS Carnelian (PY-19) at NavSource Naval History