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CG-975 (1930 - 1933)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Bravo - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

District Patrol Craft
  • Built at Nassau, Bahamas
  • Registered to Bruce K. Thompson, Nassau, as "yacht" (actually a rum-running shell) Stephanotis (British ON 157690), 1930 1
  • Seized by USCGC Yamacraw as a rum runner 11 miles off South Carolina coast with 1,500 sacks of assorted liquor, 3 December 1930
  • Placed in service as US Coast Guard patrol vessel CG-975, 09 April 1932
  • Assigned to Base 20, Fernandina, FL, April-November 1932
  • Transferred to the Navy at Curtis Bay, MD, 20 June 1933
  • Placed in service as YP-4 and initially assigned to the 1st Naval District at Boston
  • Assigned to Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, RI, 1935 - 1945
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 08 February 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 06 May 1946, for disposal
  • Registered to Tom K. Richards, Lexington, MA as party fishing boat Kaniksu (ON 265186), 1953
  • Registered to Raymond H. Abell, Gales Ferry, CT, 1954
  • Registered to Point Judith Fishing Co., Narragansett, RI, 1955
  • Registered to Charlotte N. Morpeth, New London, CT, 1958
  • Registered to Robert C. Walsh, Boston, MA, 1959
  • Registered to M/V Kingfisher, Inc., Boston, MA and renamed Kingfisher, 1960
  • Renamed Lobo, 1961
  • Final Disposition, out of documentation 1972
    1. The MVUS entries for Kaniksu show her as being built in Nova Scotia in 1909. However, USCG documents listing seized vessels shows her with British registry 157690, which the Mercantile Navy List shows being built and registered as above. Either the MVUS is wrong, or possibly Stephanotis was rebuilt for rum running at Nassau from an older vessel which remains unidentified.
    Displacement 49 gross tons
    Length 58' 0" waterline, 66' overall
    Beam 15' 2"
    Draft 3' 9"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    two Diesel engine
    twin propellers, 250hp

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    Relief 105k Party boat Kaniksu, the former YP-4, underway during the 1950s.
    VM013_FIC0746, Rhode Island Photograph Collection, Providence Public Library, Providence, RI
    Dave Wright

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