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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 in 1925 as the steel-hulled Coast Guard Patrol Boat, Dexter at Defoe Boat & Motor Works, Bay City, MI.
  • Commissioned USCGC Dexter in 1925
  • Dexter was assigned to Boston, MA. from 1925 to 1927
  • Pascagoula, MI., 1927 to 1935
  • Buffalo, N.Y. 1935 to 1936
  • Decommissioned in 1936, transferred to the US Navy and placed in service as YP-63
  • During World War II YP-63 was assigned to the Atlantic Sea Frontier, and eventually based at NOB Trinidad. BWI
  • Placed out of service in 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 September 1945
  • Sold, 2 July 1946, to James B. Fowler, Revere, MA.
  • Sold in 1957 to M. V. Kingfisher, Inc. of East Boston, MA., Kingfisher
  • Sold in 1961 to Robert H. Wagner of Chicago, Il., renamed Jamaica
  • Renamed Trinidad in 1963
  • Renamed Buccaneer in 1994
  • Final Disposition, to be sunk as a dive attraction in Lake Michigan off Chicago early summer 2010
    Specifications:
    Displacement 210 t.
    Length 99' 8"
    Beam 23'
    Draft 4' 6"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 1 Warrant Officer 14 Enlisted
    Armament one single 3"/23 cal gun mount
    Propulsion
    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 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
    YP-92 998k MV Buccaneer moored in the Chicago area, 31 May 2010 Photo ©John Gerty

    There is no DANFS history record available for YP-63 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Dexter 1925
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