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John L. Sullivan (YAG-37)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - November - Lima
  • Laid down, 2 May 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1122), at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 25 May 1943
  • Delivered, 7 June 1943 to the War Shipping Administration (WSA)
  • Laid up, date unknown, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1957 and designated YAG-37
  • 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 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
  • Placed out of service in 1957-58
  • Struck From the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1958 at Wilmington, N.C.
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 11,600 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 100
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    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 (October 12, 1858 February 2, 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 February 7, 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 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.
    AO Wirephoto
    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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