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Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Sugar - Charlie

ex-Palace (PYc 33)

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built 1899 as Idalia by the Delaware River Shipbuilding and Engine Works, Chester, PA for William Dixie Hoxie of Brooklyn, NY
  • Acquired in1925 by Mary Weld of Brookline, MA and renamed Malay II
  • Acquired in 1930 by Edward C. Baletti of Weehawken, NJ and renamed Palace
  • Acquired in 1934 by William B. Baletti of Hoboken, NJ for use as a passenger vessel
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 March 1942
  • Classified as a Coastal Patrol Yacht, PYc-33, 8 April 1942
  • Found to be unsuitable for conversion and returned to her owner 18 May 1942
  • Reacquired 7 August 1942 and reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft, YAG-13
  • Placed in service 12 April 1943 under the command of LCDR Robert J. Pleus, USNR
  • Operated from the Fleet Sound School at Key West, FL August - October 1943
  • Attached to Service Squadron 1 October 1943 - May 1944 and from the 5th Naval District from May - June 1944
  • Placed out of service 6 June 1944 at Norfolk, VA and returned to her owner
  • Struck from the Navy Register 9 June 1944
  • Used as a radar target vessel 9 September 1944 and sunk by Vicksburg (CL 86).


  • Displacement 195 t.
  • Length 163'
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 9'
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: One 100ihp 4-cylinder triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.

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    Palace 92k Off Hoboken, NJ in 1933
    Photo courtesy of Phil Castellano from Mel's Place
    Robert Hall
    USS YAG-13
    Palace 431k 9 April 1943
    Navy Yard Charleston, SC
    In Dry Dock No. 2 along with APc-20, APc-16, APc-6, APc-7, APc-8, APc-14 and APc-18
    Robert Hall
    Palace 109k 29 August 1944
    Camouflage design for YAG-13 showing the port and starboard side drawings of YAG-13 in Camouflage Measure 31, Design 20L. This drawing was approved in the Bureau of Ships nearly three months after YAG-13 was stricken and only eleven days before she was sunk as a target
    National Archives photos 19-N-73638 and 19-N-73679 from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Mike Green
    Palace 136k

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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