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Marcasite (PY 28)



Call sign:
Nan - Able - George - Yoke

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1928 as the yacht Carmago by George Lawley & Son, Neponset, MA
  • Purchased by the Navy 2 February 1942 from Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic 2 February 1942 as the yacht Ramfis
  • Renamed Marcasite 10 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS Marcasite (PY 28), 2 May 1942 at Tampa, FL
  • Placed in reduced commission 28 June 1944 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Decommissioned 5 October 1944 and transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
  • Struck from the Navy list 14 October 1944
  • Sold 5 December 1944 and renamed Commando
  • Acquired in 1947 by the Minster SS Co. Ltd (Mitchell Cotts & Co. Malta) and renamed Westminster
  • Sold in 1952 to Paul M. Laferla of Malta who operated her thrice weekly as the passenger ferry Star of Malta between Malta and Syracuse, Sicily
  • Grounded 29 July 1955 on the Mercanti Reef off the North coast of Malta
  • Refloated in August 1955 and repaired
  • Sold in March 1966 to Cantieri Navali delle Grazie, La Spezia, Italy where she was broken up.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,130 t.
  • Length 225' 2"
  • Beam 32' 4"
  • Draft 17'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 120
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and one Y-gun depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 800hp Bessemer diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MV Carmago
    Carmago/Marcasite 211k Marquesa Islands, French Polynesia .
    MV Ramfis
    Ramfis/Marcasite 130k . .
    USS Marcasite (PY 28)
    Marcasite 122k c. 1942
    During conversion
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    Marcasite 296k Taken during World War II
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1978
    U.S. Navy photo NH 86716
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    MV Star of Malta
    Star of Malta/Marcasite 70k . .
    Star of Malta/Marcasite 598k . .
    Star of Malta/Marcasite 44k 29 July 1955 .
    Star of Malta/Marcasite 36k

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