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USS Roustabout (YO-53)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Whiskey - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Fuel Oil Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco, CA (YN 5326)
  • Launched, 08 January 1925
  • Completed for Standard Oil Co. of California, San Francisco, CA, as bulk oil carrier Hawaiian Standard (ON 224456), 07 March 1925
  • Acquired by the Navy from Standard Oil Co. of California, 31 May 1941
  • Commissioned USS Roustabout (YO-53), 10 June 1941, LT Eldred Hansen, USNR, in command
  • Fitted out for naval service at Navy Yard Puget Sound, Bremerton, WA
  • Assigned to the 13th Naval District, 1941 - 1946
  • Decommissioned at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 02 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Transferred to the WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal at Olympia, WA, 29 June 1946
  • Entered Reserve Fleet at Olympia, 01 July 1946
  • Sold to Petroleum Navigation Co., Seattle, WA, for $21,500, renamed Penaco, 31 January 1947
  • Sold to Carmar Trading Co., Seattle, WA, 1956
  • Laid up at Lake Union, 1957-1959
  • Sold to Pan-Alaska Fisheries Inc., Seattle, and converted to floating crab cannery for use at Controller Bay, AK, renamed Mercator, 1960
  • Capsized while loading at Fishermen's Terminal, Seattle, 10 September 1971
  • Wreck sold to Northwest Towing & Salvage for $3,500 and broken up in situ
    Displacement 1223 gross tons, 539 net tons
    Length 210' 0" between pp, 221' 7" overall
    Beam 36' 1"
    Draft 14' 3"
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 1,875 tons / 10,719 barrels
    Speed 10 knots
    Complement unknown
    one single 3" gun mount
    two machine guns
    two Pacific 4-cylinder Werkspoor-type diesel engines connected to electric motors
    twin propeller, 800shp

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    72k Hawaiian Standard as completed. She was designed and built to carry oil among the various Hawaiian islands.
    Photo from Standard Oil Bulletin, May 1925.
    Dave Wright
    72k Profile and plan of Hawaiian Standard as completed.
    Image from Marine Review, May 1925.
    Dave Wright
    220k King crab processing vessel Mercator pierside at Seattle, 1960.
    Photo via
    Dave Wright

    Roustabout (YO-53)
    DANFS entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Commanding Officers
    01LT Eldred Hansen, D-M USNR 110 June 1941 - (early 1942)
    02LT Lawrence Allen Parks, D-V(S) USNR2(early 1942) - (June 1944)
    05LT William W. Mitchell, D-V(S) USNR3(June 1944) - (January 1946)
    1. DANFS indicates the commissioning CO was LCDR Lawrence A. Parke USNR. It appears to be a confusion with the second CO; YO-53's muster rolls indicate Hansen was the commissioning CO.
    2. Promoted to Lt. Commander, spring 1942.
    3. Promoted to Lt. Commander, late 1945.

    Courtesy Dave Wright

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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