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YAG-17

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Kilo - Lima
NZKL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


Non self-propelled Wooden-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Laid down in 1919 as the 5-mast barkentine City of Vicksburg at International Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS (YN 4)
  • Completed as Marsala for City of Vicksburg Ship Co., Gulfport MS (ON 219299), January 1920
  • Sold in April 1922 to Fields S. Pendleton & Charles E. Gremmels, New York, NY
  • Sold in May 1927 to Durham Navigation Co., New York, NY
  • Sold in December 1929 to Paramount Navigation Co., New York, NY
  • Sold in October 1930 to Durham Navigation Co., New York, NY
  • Sold in January 1932 to American Nautical Academy, Washington, D.C
  • Lost masts in hurricane during cruise off Virginia Capes; towed to port by Coast Guard cutter Mendota, 26-28 November 1938
  • Fined $5,500 by FCC for violating law by not carrying radio equipment during cruise, 27 March 1939
  • School could not or would not pay; ship ordered sold by U.S. Admiralty Court, Norfolk, 19 February 1940
  • Became a dismasted hulk in James River, owned by Captain Oliver Bohld, commandant of the American Nautical Academy
  • Requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration (WSA) from Captain Bohld, 30 June 1942
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 26 August 1942
  • Placed in service as YAG-17, 24 September 1942
  • Permanently moored in Lynnhaven Roads, near Little Creek, VA, and used as an attack transport simulator
  • Dragged anchor during a hurricane and broke back, 14 September 1944
  • Hulk laid up at Convoy Escort Piers, Norfolk
  • Placed out of service, 02 January 1945
  • Struck from Naval Register, 23 February 1945
  • Hull abandoned at Sandy Point, James River, VA, 10 December 1946
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2422 gross tons
    Length 284' 3"
    Beam 45' 4"
    Draft 25'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion none

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    Marsala
    YAG-17 133k Marsala safely in port at Norfolk, VA, after losing her masts in a hurricane, November 1938. From the Biloxi Daily Herald, 30 November 1938. David Wright
    YAG-17
    YAG-17 132k YAG-17 at the Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp., Norfolk, Va., probably upon completion of conversion. Note the four sets of steps per side to help troops get over the ship's tall bulwarks to and from the training nets hung over the side.
    US National Archives RG-19, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    YAG-17 138k YAG-17 at anchor and being used to train amphibious force personnel, 24 May 1943. Note the four sets of steps per side to help troops get over the ship's tall bulwarks in order to get to and from the nets hung over the side.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-204773 (RG-80-G, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    YAG-17 80k YAG-17 on 3 September 1943 at anchor and training amphibious force personnel. Two Welin boat davits have been added, one on each side. Note the two men climbing the net above one of the boats
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-266362 (RG-80-G, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    YAG-17 72k Stern view of YAG-17 at anchor, 3 September 1943, with a landing craft alongside
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-299363 (RG-80-G, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com

    There is no DANFS history available for YAG-17 at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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