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USS Port Whangarei (YAG-25)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Completed in 1906 as Favorita Dona Catalina by Georg-Seebeck AG Schiffswerft, Geestemünde, Germany for Santiago Ferrando, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sold in 1918 to Instone Transport & Trading Co., Cardiff, Wales, renamed Newston (ON 139627)
  • Sold in 1923 to Nordsee Linie AG, Bremen, Germany, renamed Marie Kothe
  • Sold, 4 October 1924 to Herman Schutte, Bremerhaven, Germany, renamed Mars
  • Sold in 1926 to Harold C. Sleigh, Melbourne, Australia, renamed Marion Sleigh
  • Converted to a motorship in 1932
  • Sold in 1932 to Alexander F. Watchlin, Auckland, NZ, renamed Port Whangarei
  • Requisitioned by the New Zealand government, 30 October 1942, and turned over to the US Navy
  • Commissioned USS Port Whangarei (YAG-25), 31 October 1942
  • Port Whangarei was assigned to the South Pacific Theater, Service Squadron Eight at Noumea, New Caledonia
  • Decommissioned and returned to the government of New Zealand, 28 March 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 April 1944
  • Transferred, 24 November 1944, to Holm Shipping Co. Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand, renamed Holmburn
  • Sold, 12 February 1954 to Emile Savoie, Noumea, renamed Jacques Del Mar
  • Final Disposition, dragged anchor and wrecked, in the North Passage of Lord Howe Island, 19 July 1954
    Displacement 508 gross tons
    Length 145' 3" (158' overall)
    Beam 29' 7"
    Draft 11' 3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two Fairbanks-Morse 10-cylinder diesels, twin propellers, 194nhp

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    Commercial Service
    YAG-25 76k As Holmburn, date and location unknown. Courtesy Flotilla Australia

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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