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German yacht Ostwind, later USS Eastwind (IX 234).
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Class: EASTWIND (IX 234)
Design: German yawl by Heinrich Gruber
Displacement (tons): [SD49] 57t full; [Groner]60
Dimensions (feet): [SD49] 86’oa/59’wl x 17’e/16’wl x 12’; [Groner] 85.56 oa, 59.7' wl x 17.26' e x 11.3'
Accommodations: 4 officers and 12 enlisted
Speed (kts.): unk.
Propulsion (HP): 3,080 sq.ft. sail
Machinery: yawl rig
|234||EASTWIND||1 Jun 1947||Ernst Burmester, Bremen||c1938||4 Sep 1939||Apr 1946|
|234||EASTWIND||DECOM||27 Oct 1949||8 Feb 1950||Sold||--|
German ocean racing yawl designed by Heinrich Gruber to replace the yawl ASTA, which had been in German naval service from 1908 at the Baltic Fleet headquarters at Wilhelmshaven until struck 1 Jun 1937. Mahogany planked over steel frames. Allocated to the US 1945 (sister NORDWIND went to the British), taken over by the Navy in April 1946 and shipped to the Naval Academy.
|234||EASTWIND||(ex-OSTWIND.) The Naval Academy decided that her great draft -- she liked nearly three fathoms under her -- rendered her unsuitable for the Chesapeake. After service at Annapolis and at the Naval Torpedo Station at Newport, RI, she was surveyed in 1949, determined to be in excess of Navy needs, and was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 27 October 1949. She was towed to Norfolk and sold to a man who thought he would make a charter yacht out of her, but he abandoned the idea and the yacht was sold in 1950 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Commander John Lyman, who was assigned to the Naval Intelligence office in Baltimore. He sailed her to Annapolis, moved aboard with his wife, and cruised in Cheasapeake Bay. [See Motor Boating, March 1951.] Lyman took her to Florida in 1955 to sail in a race from Havana to Spain, and finally sold her in 1966. She soon became a derelict at Jacksonville, Fla., and was finally scuttled off Miami Beach on 4 June 1989.|
Compiled: 19 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon