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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Completed July 1924 as the yacht Vedette (ON 225349) by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark (YN 332) for Frederick W. Vanderbilt, New York NY.
  • Sold on Vanderbilt's death by his niece, Margaret Louise Van Allen, to the Association of Maryland Pilots, 05 December 1939
  • Converted to a pilot boat, renamed Baltimore
  • Pilots refused Navy's offer to buy vessel, 04 December 1941
  • Requistioned by Maritime Commission and delivered to Navy, 27 December 1941
  • Placed in service as YAG-7, 01 January 1942
  • Converted for Naval service by Norfolk Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, entered service 06 February 1942
  • Operated as station and patrol vessel, Little Creek, Virginia 1942-46
  • Placed out of service at Frontier Base, Little Creek, 17 July 1945
  • Struck from Naval Register, 13 August 1945
  • Sold private, 11 March 1946 to W.B. Hamilton, Tampa FL, renamed Susan J. Hamilton
  • Sold in 1948 to Intercontinental Shipping Co., Puerto Cortes, Honduras, renamed Insco Trader
  • Final Disposition, struck an underwater object and foundered 50 miles NW of Barranquilla, Columbia, 29 December 1954, while carrying a cargo of explosives
        from Tampa to Barranquilla. All 15 crew rescued by Norwegian SS Avenir after 31 hours in boats and taken to Barranquilla.
    Displacement 458 gross tons
    Length 158' overall
    Beam 26.1'
    Draft 14.6'
    Speed 14 knots
    Complement unknown
    one single 3 pounder (later 6 pounder) forward
    two depth charge tracks aft
    two Burmeister & Wain diesel engines
    twin propellers, 1,000shp
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    MY Vedette
    YAG-7 61k MY Vedette underway, circa 1924 to 1939, location unknown. David Wright
    YAG-7 109k MY Vedette at Copenhagen moored off the Royal Danish Yacht Club circa the 1930s.
    US National Archives Photo # none, RG-19 -LCM.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy
    Association of Maryland Pilots - Pilot Boat - MV Baltimore
    YAG-7 84k Ex-MY Vedette in service as the Association of Maryland Pilots - MV Baltimore, circa 1939-1941, Baltimore Harbor.
    US National Archives Photo # none, RG-19 -LCM.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy
    YAG-7 163k YAG-7, probably in Hampton Roads. She appears to be bringing a pilot to a merchant ship, which has stopped and has put a jacob's ladder over the side. The Navy conversion included small depth charge racks on the stern.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-42502, RG-19 -LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy

    There is no DANFS history available for YAG-7 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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