Mystery vessel found by geocachers in a muddy spit off the Ohio
River, at the border between Indiana and Kentucky. No one knows
how it got there... It's history?
- Built 1902 as the yacht Celt, Wilmington, DE. Launched 12 April
1902. Renamed Sachem.
- Acquired by Navy 3 July 1917; Placed in service as Sachem (SP-192),
19 August 1917; Returned to her owner, 10 February 1919.
- Sold to Philadelphia Banker Roland L. Taylor; resold 1932 to
Jacob "Jake" Martin, converted to fishing boat.
- Reacquired by Navy 17 February 1942 for $65,000 and converted
for Naval service at City Island, NY, commissioned as USS Phenakite
(PYC-25), 1 July 1942 at Tompkinsville, NY. Transferred to Maritime
Commission for disposal 5 November 1945.
- Returned original owner, Mr. J. Martin of Brooklyn, NY as Sachem on
29 December 1945.
- Subsequently resold to the Circle Line of New York City and
renamed SIGHTSEER. Renamed Circle Line V. Reportedly scrapped in
1984, but found in 2007.
Location coordinates: N 39° 04.876 W 084° 50.918
28"L x 10"H x 6"W
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