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Leader (PYc 42)



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Able - Fox

Coastal Patrol Yacht: Built 1927 as the yacht Curlew, by White and Co., Ltd., Southampton, England; Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Leader (PYc-42), 24 October 1942; Decommissioned, 11 May 1945; Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 4 September 1946; Sold in 1949 to Kenneth E. Wilson of Los Angeles, CA and renamed Chito. Sometime after this she was purchased by Jack Hyde and renamed Hyding. After a short period of time she was resold to C. Arnholt Smith of San Diego, CA. The yacht was again sold to Mr. Assel Offe. During the 1960s she was in Mexico where it was purchased by Jack Ford, and was used as a charter yacht taking groups to the Northwest and Alaska. During a storm she lost both engines and was towed to Sausalito, CA where she remained until purchased by John Mullen. Renamed Motor Yacht Paullu she was restored by the Paul Whittier family at Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, CA; Sold to Norwegian interests and renamed Grace she is now based near Oslo, Norway.

Specifications: Displacement 230 t.; Length 117' ; Beam 19' 6"; Draft 7' 3"; Speed 13kts; Complement 25; Armament, two 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, two rocket launchers; Propulsion, the original propulsion engines were two Krupp air injection diesels, changed to two 275shp Cooper-Bessemer F P-6 diesels and finally two Caterpillar 360 HK diesel engines, two shafts.

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M/Y Hyding
Leader 122k . Jim Rogers
M/Y Paullu
Leader 62k c. 1979
M/Y Paullu during restoration at Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, CA.
Scott Elkington
M/Y Grace
Leader 165k c. June 2006
Oslo, Norway
Jim Rogers

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