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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
    Specifications:
    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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    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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