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National Defense Service Medal (2)

YP- 654 Class Training Craft
  • Laid down, 10 April 1957, at Stephens Bros, Inc., Stockton, CA
  • Launched, 2 August 1957
  • Delivered and placed in service, 20 April 1958, at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for scrapping, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 30 June 1994
  • Purchased from DRMS by Anthony Dibnah and converted to the motor yacht St. Elias
  • Sold to Jim Hornung in October 2006, maintained at Alameda, CA.
  • Shifted homeport to Galveston, TX., renamed YP-655
    Displacement 66 t.(fl)
    Length 81'
    Beam 18'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Armament none
    Complement 2 Officers, 8 Enlisted
    Range 1800 nm
    Electronics (2006)
    Navigation system
    Furuno Nav-Net 3D with autopilot
    Propulsion four 6V-71N Detroit Diesel engines, 2 propellers, horsepower rating 437 shaft horsepower @ 2,100 RPM

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    YP-655 28k Ex-YP-655 in private service as the motor yacht St. Elias Photos by Anthony Dibnah
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    YP-655 139k St. Elias moored in the Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada, date unknown. Photos by Anthony Dibnah
    YP-655 1872k St. Elias at Half Moon Bay, CA., circa 2006-2011. Photo by Jim Hornung
    YP-655 1878k St. Elias at Santa Cruz, CA., circa 2006-2011. Photo by Jim Hornung
    YP-655 2809k St. Elias cabin interior circa 2006-2011. Photo by Jim Hornung
    YP-655 1358k St. Elias pilot house. Photos by Jim Hornung
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    YP-655 1391k St. Elias at anchor, location unknown, circa 2006-2011. Photo by Jim Hornung
    YP-655 327k YP-655 hauled out of the water at Galveston, TX. during a 2 month overhaul. Repairs included replacing all the rub and splash rails, replacement of two frames and all strut blocks in the lazarette and repainting of the hull haze gray. This photo, dated 12 April 2013, shows the replacement of 50 feet of copper sheathing on her bottom. Photo by Jim Hornung
    YP-655 260k YP-655 back in the water and moored pierside in Galveston, TX., in May 2013 after being repainted and overhauled. Photo by Jim Hornung
    YP-655 290k YP-655 underway in 2014 after completion of her 2013 overhaul. YP-655 is enroute to her berth at Seabook Marinia, Seabrook, TX. Photos by Jim Hornung
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    YP-655 189k
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    YP-655 306k YP-655 pilothouse in 2014 Photo by Jim Hornung

    There is no DANFS history record for YP-655 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Yard Patrol Craft - YP

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