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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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    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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