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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

YO-50 Class Fuel Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Built by RTC Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ (YN 134)
  • Laid down, 27 August 1940
  • Launched, 14 December 1940
  • Completed as for Spentonbush Fuel Transport Service, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, as Geo. Whitlock (ON 240304), 27 February 1941
  • Purchased by Navy, 03 June 1941
  • Placed in service as YO-57, 1941
  • Allocated to the 1st Naval District
  • Mainly operated at Casco Bay, ME, 1941-46
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal in 1947
  • Returned to owners, renamed J. A. Cummings, 12 February 1947
  • Sold to New England Petroleum Co., Jacksonville, FL, renamed Nepco 10, 1965
  • Sold to Boston Fuel Transportation Co., East Boston, MA, renamed Karen Tibbetts, 1970
  • Sold to Gellatly Petroleum and Towing Corporation, New York, NY, renamed Mary Gellatly, 1984
  • Sold to Anderson Transportation Company, New York, NY, renamed Atco Mary Lee, 1990
  • Sold to unknown owners under Belize flag, renamed Fayou K., 1992
  • Seized by US Customs at San Juan, PR, after violating US embargo by delivering fuel to Haiti, April 1992
  • Sold to unknown owners, renamed Nori, 1993
  • Current/Final Disposition, unknown; deleted from registers, 2001
    Displacement 515 gross tons, 410 net tons
    Length 157' 2½" overall
    Beam 30' 1"
    Draft 13' 1"
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 6,971 Bbls
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one Diesel engine
    single propeller, 450shp

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    54k Three views of Karen Tibbetts frozen on river at Danvers, MA, circa 1979. Note the Coast Guard 65' tug breaking ice. Mike Marland
    303k Mary Gellatly in New York harbor during the 1980s.
    Photo copyright Seth Tane, via tugster: a waterblog
    Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history record for YO-57 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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