USS Robert Center

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Robert Center

(IX-17: t. 28; 1. 65'11~"; b. 11'10~"; dr. 3'3" (hull), 11' (centerboard); a. none)

Robert Center, a wooden, sloop-rigged racing cutter, was built in 1883 as the private yacht Medu~sa by George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, Mass., presented to the U.S. Naval Aeademy as a gift in 1895 by Mrs. Mary E. Ludlow of New York, N.Y.and accepted 24 May 1895 for U.S. Naval service.

Robert Center served her entire Navy career as a sail training vessel at the U.S. Naval Aeademy, Annapolis, Md. She was designated YX-17 on 17 July 1920 as an unclassified district craft. Struck from the Navy list 4 January 1933, Robert Center was sold 24 March 1933 to Paul G. Swars of New York, N.Y., remaining on yacht registers into the 1940's.