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Leader (PYc 42)

Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Able - Fox

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Leader was 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
  • Acquired by Jack Hyde and renamed Hyding
  • Resold to C. Arnholt Smith of San Diego, CA
  • Sold to Mr. Assel Offe
  • Sold in the 1960s to 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 Paullu and restored in 1979 by the Paul Whittier family at Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, CA
  • Sold to Norwegian interests and renamed Grace she is now based near Oslo, Norway.


  • Displacement 230 t.
  • Length 117'
  • Beam 19' 6"
  • Draft 7' 3"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 25
  • Armament: Two 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, and two rocket launchers
  • Propulsion: Two Krupp air injection diesel engines, Replaced by two 275shp Cooper-Bessemer F P-6 diesel engines and finally two Caterpillar 360 HK diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Leader (PYc 42)
    Leader 263k Photographed during World War II
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81390
    Mike Green
    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

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Clifton R. Anderson, USN24 October 1942 - 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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