SS Delphine (1921)

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SS Delphine Launched April 1921. Photo Caption from Popular Mechanics magazine.
SS Delphine off the French Riviera, July 2008.
Name: Delphine
Owner: Jacques Bruynooghe
Builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works
Cost: $2 Million
Launched: 1921
Status: Charterable
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Name: SS Delphine
Commissioned: 1921
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Name: USS Dauntless (PG-61)
Commissioned: January 1942
Decommissioned: 1945
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Name: SS Delphine
Commissioned: 1945
Career (US)
Name: SS Dauntless
Commissioned: 1967
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Name: SS Dauntless
Commissioned: 1989
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Name: SS Delphine
Commissioned: 1997
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1961 (gross)
Length: 257.8ft
Beam: 35.5ft
Draft: 14.6ft
Installed power: Steam
Propulsion: Propeller
Speed: max 12 knots
Capacity: 26 passengers
Crew: 24-30

SS Delphine is a yacht commissioned by Horace Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers. The yacht was launched on 2 April 1921, and spans 258 feet (79 m). Power comes from three Babcock and Wilcox boilers[1] which power two 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW) quadruple expansion engines.[2] "Of all the large American-built steam yachts built between 1893 and 1930, the Delphine is the only one left in her original condition with her original steam engines still in service."[2]

The Delphine caught fire and sank in New York in 1926, to be recovered and restored. She suffered further damage in 1940 when she ran aground in the Great Lakes, and was repaired. She was acquired by the United States Navy in January 1942 and rechristened USS Dauntless PG61, to serve as the flagship for Admiral Ernest King, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations. She was sold back to Anna Dodge (Horace Dodge's wife) after the conclusion of World War II and restored to civilian standards and service, including her original name.[1]

Delphine changed hands in 1967 and again in 1968, changing names again to Dauntless, only to be sold again in 1986, 1989, and finally 1997 - at scrap metal prices to her current owners - who proceeded to restore her for $60 million to the original 1921 condition including interior decor and the original steam engines.[2] She was rechristened Delphine by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco on 10 September 2003.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Horace Dodge's Steam Yacht DELPHINE, accessed 23 November 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Joshua Levine (21 April,2008). "Vaporous Lady". Forbes 181 (8): 236–238. 

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