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John L. Sullivan (YAG-37)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - November - Lima
  • Built by Permanente Metals Corp. Yard 2, Richmond, CA (YN 1121)
  • Laid down as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1122), 02 May 1943
  • Launched, 25 May 1943
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 07 June 1943
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy and designated YAG-37, 1957
  • Converted to an experimental minesweeper:
    Hull filled with empty steel drums, intended to bump into mines and blast a path through a minefield.
    Existing propelling machinery removed and four T-34 turbo-prop aero engines were fitted on deck fore and aft for minor
    movements of the vessel
  • On completion of the tests these engines were removed and the ship was towed to Wilmington for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Wilmington, NC, 1958
    Displacement 4,023 t.(light) 11,600 t.(full load)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 100
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 tons
    Armament none
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion (as built)
    one Willamette Iron & Steel Corp. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500 shp
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    John L Sullivan
    43k John Lawrence Sullivan (12 October 1858 02 February 1918), also known as the 'Great John L' and 'The Boston Strong Boy,' was an American boxer recognized as the first Heavyweight Champion of gloved boxing, holding the title from 07 February 1882 to 1892. He is generally recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing under the London Prize Ring Rules. Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist,
    Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
    John L Sullivan
    297k John L. Sullivan (YAG-37) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Stan Svec and David Nixon
    John L Sullivan
    136k Small article about John L. Sullivan (YAG-37), from Popular Mechanics, January 1958. Tommy Trampp
    John L Sullivan
    164k John L. Sullivan (YAG-37) moored at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD. for repairs, 29 April 1957. The engines visible in the photo include two mounted on the forward deck and two aft.
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    Tommy Trampp
    Floyd W. Spencer
    901k Floyd W. Spencer (YAG-36), John L. Sullivan (YAG-37) and Edward Kavanagh (YAG-38) moored together, probably at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benicia, CA., date unknown. David Nixon

    There is no DANFS history available for John L.Sullivan (YAG-37) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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