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YP-63
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USCGC Dexter (1925-1936)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Foxtrot
NIFF
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 by Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI (YN 82)
  • Launched as the 100-foot US Coast Guard patrol boat Dexter, date unknown
  • Commissioned USCGC Dexter, 03 November 1925
  • Stationed at Boston, MA, 1925-1927
  • Stationed at Pascagoula, MS, 1927-1934
  • Stationed at Buffalo, NY, 1935-1936
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1936
  • transferred to the US Navy,
  • Placed in service as YP-63, 1936
  • Assigned to 3rd Naval District at Buffalo, NY for reservist training, 1937 - 1940
  • Moved from Great Lakes to New York, NY, November 1940
  • YP-63 was assigned to the Caribbean Sea Frontier, based at NOB Trinidad, 1942 - 1945
  • Placed out of service at Charleston, SC, 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 September 1945
  • To WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal, July 1946
  • Sold to James B. Fowler, Revere, MA, and renamed Kingfisher (ON 255692), 02 July 1946
  • Owner restyled as M/V Kingfisher, Inc., East Boston, MA, 1957
  • Operated as Boston area deep sea party boat
  • Sold to Robert H. Wagner, Chicago, IL, renamed Jamaica II, 1961
  • Renamed Trinidad, 1963
  • Renamed Buccaneer, 1994
  • Registered with Wagner Charter Co., Chicago, IL, 1998
  • Out of documentation, 2008
  • Final Disposition, scuttled as a diving attraction in Lake Michigan off Chicago, 18 June 2010
    Specifications:
    Displacement 210 tons full load
    Length 99' 8"
    Beam 23'
    Draft 4' 6"
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 1 Warrant Officer, 14 Enlisted (USCG)
    Armament one single 3"/23 gun mount
    two Grey Marine Diesel engines
    twin propellers, 300 BHP
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    USCGC Dexter
    YP-61 78k Dexter launching at Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI. circa 1925.
    Photo from Bowling Green University Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    YP-63 902k Album Cover - Photos of USCGC Dexter from a personal photo album (call number 96.45/1) made by a Coast Guard crewman who served in Dexter during 1935, just before it was taken over by the US Navy in 1936 and renamed YP-63.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 304k Album photo - A Coastguardsman transferring from USCGC Tahoma to USCGC Dexter, 27 June 1935.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 218k Album photo - USCGC Dexter and USCGC Tahoma moored at Cleveland, OH. 14 July 1935.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 288k Album photo - Ships of the Cleveland Coast Guard Division:
    Flagship USCGC Tahoma, Cleveland, OH.
    USCGC Patriot, Huron, OH.
    USCGC Diligence, Cleveland, OH. and
    USCGC Dexter, Buffalo, N.Y. gather at Cleveland during July 1935 for target practice.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 399k Album photo - USCGC Dexter moored pierside at her homeport, US Naval Reserve Station, Buffalo, N.Y., 16 July 1935.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 373k Album photo - USCGC Dexter crewman on a hot summer day in July 1935, while the ship was moored pierside at her homeport, US Naval Reserve Station, Buffalo, N.Y.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 290k Album photo - USCGC Dexter crewmen during boat drill at Buffalo, N.Y. in 1935.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 280k Album photo - USCGC Dexter Commanding Officer WO1 Sykes during target practice of Buffalo, N.Y., 17 September 1935.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 425k Album photo - USCGC Dexter gun crew during target practice of Buffalo, N.Y., 17 September 1935.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 441k Album photos - USCGC Dexter moored pierside at her homeport, US Naval Reserve Station, Buffalo, N.Y. in December 1935. The day before a heavy snowstorm.
    Photo from US Coast Guard Museum, Seattle, WA.
    John Gerty
    YP-63 310k
    YP-63
    YP-63 368k YP-63 moored pierside at her homeport, US Naval Reserve Station, Buffalo, N.Y., 1936. Note the Model A Ford in the background. Also, the 3"/25 cal. deck gun (forward) has been removed. Frank Guagliano in honor of his uncle Neil Guagliano YP-63
    Commercial Service
    YP-92 503k Ex-YP-63 in commercial service as excursion boat MV Trinidad moored on the Chicago River, 26 June 1987.
    Source "From Bullets to Bart" published by CERA. (Chicago Electric Railroad Association). "From Bullets to BART", Bulletin 127 of the Central Electric Railfans' Association. Wm. D. Middleton Author and Norman Carlson, Editor. 1989. With permission from the publisher
    John Gerty
    YP-92 43k Ex-YP-63 in commercial service as the Wagner Charter Co.'s party cruise boat MV Buccaneer. Photo courtesy Wagner Charter Co. Dave Wright
    YP-92 998k MV Buccaneer moored in the Chicago area, 31 May 2010 Photo ©John Gerty
    YP-92 141k MV Buccaneer moored at Marine Services Yard, Dolton, IL. being prepared for sinking in Lake Michigan, off Chicago, summer or fall 2009. She will probably become another dive attraction in the Chicago area.
    Photo ©Google
    John Gerty

    Ex-MV Buccaneer was scuttled, 18 June 2010, in 70 ft. of water in Lake Michigan, 9 miles east of Burnham harbor, Chicago, Illinois. The Buccaneer was towed out from her berth along the Calumet River. She was anchored, the seacocks were opened and the MV Aquatica pulled along side to start pumping water into her hull. As the flooding progressed MV Aquatica pulled away and Buccaneer eventually sank bow first into Lake Michigan. Since Buccaneer was a 100 ft. long vessel going into 70 ft. of water her bow struck the lake bottom leaving a large divot in the hard clay.
    Photos by Karen Rushman, Submitted by John Gerty.
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    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-63 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Dexter 1925
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