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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Miscellaneous Unclassified - Auxiliary Yawl:
Laid down, 22 February 1936, as the auxiliary yawl Roland von Bremen at Bremen-Burg, Germany
Launched, 21 April 1936
Sold in 1938 to Leo Berson, a Berlin Jew, who fled Germany, along with Hanns von Lottner the boat's racing navigator
Once in America Berson renamed the yacht Condor and late sold her
Acquired in August 1942 by the Navy from W. L. MacFarland, Greenwich, CT.
Renamed Wimbee (IX-88), date unknown
Placed in service, 19 September 1942, at Port Everglades, FL. LCDR. Arnold W. Chapin, USNR, officer in charge
Placed out of service, 17 March 1943
Struck from the Navy Register, 28 June 1944
Transferred, 7 February 1945, to the Maritime Commission and sold to Paul Liskey, Harrisonburg, VA.
Sold, 26 February 1946, to Walter Trepte of San Diego, CA., renamed, Roland von Bremen
Sold in 1947 to Howard B. Keck of Houston, TX., home ported at Los Angeles
Sold in 1962 to William B. Greer Jr. of Rolling Hills, CA. home ported at Los Angeles
Sold in 1971 to Anselma Schroeder of Marina del Rey, CA. home ported at Los Angeles & Long Beach
On 11 April 1971 brothers Fred and Erwin Schroeder sailed her from San Francisco to Germany arriving 21 August 1972 at the island of Heligoland
Laid up at Kiel for sale in 1974, bought as a tour boat by Klaus and Erika Allendorf
Sold in 1979 to Peter Krallmann of Gelsenkirchen Roland of Bremen, used for charter trips in the North and Baltic seas
As of 1986 the yacht was sailing out of Kiel for Baltic sea tours (Above information from "World War 11 U.S. Navy vessels in Private Hands" by Greg H. Williams)
Length 59' 9"
Beam 13' 3"
Draft 8' 2"
Speed 7 kts.
Propulsion sail with auxiliary engine
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||Racing yacht Roland von Bremen at sea during the Bermuda to Cuxhaven race that was part of the 1936 Olympic Games. German press photo from YachtSport Archiv, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Racing yacht Roland von Bremen arriving at Cuxhaven, Germany, after winning the Bermuda to Cuxhaven race that was part of
the 1936 Olympic Games. German press photo from YachtSport Archiv, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Yacht Roland von Bremen moored pierside at Farsund, southern Norway, in 2004. Photo from YachtSport Archiv, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|Officers in Charge|
|01||LCDR. Chapin, Arnold William, USNR||19 September 1942 - 30 September 1942|
|02||LCDR. Ives, William Francis, USNR||30 September 1942 - 17 March 1943|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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