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YAG-18

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Lima - Sierra
NZLS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


Self-propelled Iron-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Laid down in 1890 as a coal-fired steam pilot vessel at Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, PA (YN 835)
  • Delivered to the Virginia Pilot Association, Norfolk, VA as Relief (ON 110886), January 1891
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 19 September 1942
  • Converted for Naval service by Norfolk Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., starting 23 September 1942
  • Placed in service as YAG-18, 23 January 1943
  • Assigned to 10th Naval District, used as a reefer vessel on shuttle runs between Guantanamo Bay and American bases in Jamaica
  • Placed out of service at Norfolk, 27 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 05 March 1947
  • Sold to Pocahontas Coal Co., Salisbury MD, 13 January 1947
  • Converted to freighter; name Relief retained
  • Sold 1953 to Ahto Walter, St. Thomas, VI
  • Transferred 1955 to Costa Rican flag; final fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 242 gross tons
    Length 128' 7" (145' overall)
    Beam 23'
    Draft 12' 1"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 3"/23 gun forward (removed mid-1943
    two .50 caliber machine guns
    Propulsion
    one 320hp diesel (originally one 2-cylinder compound steam engine, 230shp)
    single propeller
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    Relief
    YAG-18 49k Advertisment for Virginia Pilots' Association showing Relief in her civilian guise. From Our Navy magazine, December 1915 David Wright
    YAG-18
    YAG-18 110k YAG-18 probably shown in the early stages of conversion at Norfolk in late 1942. The Navy did not retain her merchant name, Relief
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-4114 (RG-19-LCM), a US Navy BUSHIPS photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    YAG-18 131k YAG-18 probably shown in the early stages of conversion at Norfolk in late 1942. The ship had her bridge forward, her engines aft, and cargo holds between them.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-41115 (RG-19-LCM), a US Navy BUSHIPS photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    YAG-18 85k YAG-18 underway off Norfolk, 1 February 1943 after completing conversion
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-41914 (RG-19-LCM), a US Navy BUSHIPS photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    YAG-18 247k YAG-18 underway off Norfolk, probably on 1 February 1943.
    Arthur D. Baker III collection.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    YAG-18 247k YAG-18 underway off Norfolk, probably on 1 February 1943.
    Arthur D. Baker III collection.
    Robert Hurst, courtesy Shipscribe.com

    There is no DANFS history available for YAG-18 at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 16 December 2015