The USS Juniata IX-77

"USS Juniata (IX-77), 1942-1945
USS Juniata, a 242-ton auxiliary schooner, was built in 1930 in Germany by Krupp for an American owner as the yacht Etak. Renamed Vega in 1938, she was placed in U. S. Navy service in August 1942. Based in San Francisco, she was one of several ships assigned to patrol the great circle route between that port and Hawaii. Her normal station was around 500 miles west of Eureka, California. Juniata was placed out of service in January 1945 and was sold by the Maritime Commission to a private owner in June 1945."  

This page features our only view of USS Juniata.
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060 
Online Library of Selected Images:  -- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

(Burk Prael found this data on the web in December 2001)

USS Juniata (Te Vega) on San Francisco Bay, with Angel Island in background.

Not a shabby way to serve during war time!

-----Original Message-----
From: []  Sent: Friday, January 16, 2004 5:49 PM
To:  Subject: Fate and a great ship

I have never thanked you for the interest you showed for my modest labors in passing the word about VEGA. There have been several projects that took up all my time, and further complicated be a healthy forgettery in my head. Now, all I can say is just thanks

Another publisher has had the book for six months and had damn well better get me an answer soon. I have over 100 photos of life on VEGA during one of our WWII patrols. Photog, Karl Romaine, at one time one of the leading photographers in San Francisco, former vaudevillian, Olympic weight lifter and fencing champion, linguist, teacher, master mariner and all around character who never finished high school. We became close friends. Recently, he gave me the master prints covering the patrol he was aboard as Navy photographer. They are now mine, clear title. A marine museum is considering a show of them, along with my narrative. A result of the SAIL Magazine article (Aug 2003) turned up another shipmate, the aerographer, who was a good friend, but who dropped out of sight. He got in touch with me as a result of the article - had a wonderful talk on the phone - and he died of cancer within weeks of the conversation.

I was glad that you got aboard the ship in the Mediterranean. Tanzi's assistant never answered my queries or offers of prints of some of my photos taken by Romaine. Perhaps she had some inkling of events that were gathering over Parmalat's milky skies. That vessel seems to have attracted a strange and horrifying sort in between her noble services. I am even more determined to make a strong story show up for the world to enjoy.

Ray Harder