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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

YT-323 (1942 - 1944)
USS Lively (YT-14) (1920 - 1926)
USS Lively (1918 - 1920)
USS Active (1898 - 1918)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Quebec - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Steam Tug:
  • Built by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA (YN 10)
  • Completed for J. D. Spreckels and Brothers Co. as steam tug Active (ON 106591), 1888
  • Purchased by the Navy, 12 April 1898
  • Converted for naval service at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned at Mare Island as USS Active, 06 July 1898, ENS Thomas M. Shaw commanding
  • Renamed USS <>Lively, 11 April 1918
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-14), 17 July 1920
  • Foundered at berth, Mare Island, 20 April 1926
  • Decommissioned, 16 August 1926
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 August 1929 (according to shipyard records)
  • Sold for commercial service to the Puget Sound Tug and Barge Co., Seattle, WA, 11 February 1930
  • Rebuilt at Seattle with a 550hp McIntosh & Seymour diesel and placed in merchant service as Active, 1934
  • Reacquired by the Navy at Seattle under bareboat charter, 02 March 1942
  • Designated as the unnamed District Harbor Tug YT-323
  • Converted for naval service by Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA
  • Placed in service, 30 April 1942
  • Reclassified as District Harbor Tug Medium YTM-323, 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service, 06 August 1945
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 01 September 1945
  • Returned to her owners, Puget Sound Tug and Barge Co., and resumed merchant service
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, 1963
    Displacement 296 tons
    Length 107'
    Beam 22' 6"
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 21
    two single 3" guns
    two 37mm revolving cannon
    one Gatling Gun
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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    USS Active
    Active 103k Active during her commissioning at Mare Island, 06 July 1898. Note the large masts forward and aft.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Active 68k Active moored off Mare Island, date unknown.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Active 279k Active moored pierside at the Mare Island Navy Yard, circa July 1898. Note damage to buildings in the background, caused by an earthquake the previous March. This tug was renamed Lively in 1918, and returned to service during World War II as YT-323.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 57711
    Dave Wright
    Hancock 674k USS Hancock underway with the assistance of USS Active on the starboard side and likely Unadilla on the port side off Mare Island Navy Yard, date unknown.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 84408
    Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 380k Active is to the far right as Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) entering the water for first time during her launching at Mare Island, 5 December 1908. Unadilla is to the left of Ontario and Fortune is astern of Unadilla.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Jupiter 76k Active alongside Jupiter the Mare Island Channel, 16 October 1913.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # AC 3 002-10-13
    Darryl Baker
    YO-8 1260k Oil Barges No. 8 and No. 9 at Mare Island, 01 April 1915. No. 8 is having her oil tanks calibrated. Active is moored outboard of the two oil barges.
    Photo from files of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Active 60k Active at the starboard bow of the cruiser Cleveland at Mare Island, 7 September 1916.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Active 76k Active alongside the cruiser Cleveland at Mare Island, 7 September 1916.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    USS Lively (YT-14)
    Lively 180k Tug operations and dispatch area at Mare Island Navy Yard with the main yard building ways in the background. Tugs Navigator (YT-39) [twin stacks] is inboard of Lively (YT-14) and to the right of these two tugs is the USS Vigilant (YT-25). Yard ferries Leslie (YFB-7) and Dart (YFB-308) are to the right. The Tug Masters’ office is the house on the legs of the building ways overhead crane. The scaffolding on the building ways behind and below this office is the scaffolding for construction of the Montana (BB-51). The book A Long Line of Ships states that construction of the Montana was cancelled February 8, 1922 and it took another year to complete the scrapping of the ship. Based on this information this photo was probably taken from early 1922 to the middle of 1923.
    Photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Active 115k Lively (YT-14) in dry dock #3 at Mare Island post-salvage after sinking at her berth, 20 April 1926. She was brought into the dry dock suspended between coal barges YC-465 and YC-269.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo
    Darryl Baker
    Active 80k Dutch submarine K-XIII at her berth at Navy Yard Mare Island, 4 September 1926. The tug Lively (YT 14) is in the background.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo
    Darryl Baker

    USS Active / USS Lively (YT-14) / YT-323 / YTM-323
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    "Three Tugs Sold to the United States Yesterday"
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    Last Updated 24 February 2017