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ex-Coal Barge No. 623
ex-Barge No. 8 (ID 3397)

Barge/Covered Lighter:

  • Built in 1918 as a flush deck, wooden barge
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1918 from Contractors Service Co. of Detroit, MI and placed in service as Barge No. 8 (ID 3397)
  • Renamed Coal Barge No. 623
  • Reclassified as an Open Lighter, YC-623
  • Reclassified as a Covered Lighter, YF-256 and assigned to the 1st Naval District (Boston, MA)
  • Placed out of service in 1956
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 200 t.
  • Length 125' 8"
  • Beam 32' 1½"
  • Capacity 500 t.
  • Non-self propelled.
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    YF-256 67k YG-5 (foreground), with ice around its waterline, an unidentified open lighter alongside and other unidentified craft of a similar type nearby. At right, in the background, lies the covered
    lighter YF-256
    U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photograph 19-LCM-122386-A, from the National Archives
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for YF-256
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