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USS Baranof (YAG-11)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Kilo - Bravo
NYKB
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


Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Completed February 1921 as cargo vessel MV Casco (ON 220754) for Swane & Hoyt, San Francisco CA, by Long Beach Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA (YN 145)
  • Sold in February 1921 to Swayne & Hoyt, San Francisco, CA
  • Sold in 1923 to Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., Honolulu, TH, renamed MV Kailua
  • Sold in 1933 to H. W. Crosby, Seattle, WA
  • Sold in 1937 to Chignik Packing Co., Seattle, WA
  • Sold in 1941 to Western Shipping Co, Seattle, WA, renamed MV Western Trader
  • Acquired by the Navy, 14 March 1942, designated YAG-11
  • Renamed Baranof (YAG-11), 20 April 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton WA
  • Commissioned USS Baranof (YAG-11), 22 May 1942
  • During World War II Baranof served in Alaskan waters, shuttling passengers and cargo between Alaskan bases and Seattle
  • Reassigned to the 12th Naval District at San Francisco, 16 January 1944
  • Decommissioned at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, 02 March 1944
  • Used to train drydock personnel in docking and undocking procedures at Floating Dry Dock Training Center, Tiburon CA, 1944-1945
  • The name Baranof was withdrawn from YAG-11, 01 March 1945
  • Placed out of service at Treasure Island, 05 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 November 1945
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Puget Sound
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for disposal, 20 January 1947
  • Sold by WSA in 1947 to Washington Fish and Oyster Co., Seattle, WA, for commercial operations, renamed MV Western Trader
  • Final Disposition, disappeared from the American Bureau of Shipping Register in 1968, fate unknown.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 328 gross tons
    Length 120.1' (129'0" overall)
    Beam 24.1'
    Draft 10.6' (depth of hold)
    Speed 10 knots
    Complement 27
    Armament
    one single 3"/23 dual purpose gun mount
    two .50-cal. machine guns
    one .30-cal. machine guns
    (later three 20mm AA guns)
    two depth charge racks
    Propulsion two 4-cylinder diesels, twin propellers, 200bhp

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    Baranof 116k SS Western Trader possibly shown in February 1942 arriving at the Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA. for conversion to USS Baranof (YAG-11). The Navy moved the foremast from the forecastle to just in front of the bridge.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-30762. a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    USS Baranof (YAG-11)
    Baranof 84k USS Baranof (YAG-11) underway during acceptance trials, circa 7 April 1942, after completing conversion at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-30763, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-30764, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-30765. a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Baranof 105k
    Baranof 98k


    Commanding Officers
    01LT George Jessen, D-M USNRca. August 1942 - ????
    01LT(jg) Dudley Neal Perrine USNRca. June 1943 - March 1944

    USS Baranof (YAG-11)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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