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House Boat (Self-propelled)
  • Built by Joseph Supple, Portland, OR
  • Completed as the wooden passenger steamer Kitsap II (ON 214056) for Kitsap County Transportation Co., Seattle, WA, May 1916
  • Sold to Puget Sound Navigation Co., Inc., Seattle, WA and renamed City of Bellingham, 1926
  • Rebuilt at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA, and renamed Quilcene, winter 1929-1930
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 18 September 1941
  • Placed in service 29 November 1941
  • Served in Thirteenth Naval District during World War II
  • Placed out of service and transferred to WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal, 07 May 1947
  • Sold to Freeman & Gibson, Seattle, WA, and converted to floating machine shop, 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown, believe scrapped in 1950s
    Displacement 401 gross tons, 272 net tons
    Length 145' 6"
    Beam 42' 8"
    Draft 13' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion single 4-cylinder triple expansion steam engine, 2200ihp

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    33k Quilcene underway, date and location unknown.
    University of Washington Libraries photo via
    John Spivey
    65k YHB-5 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 14 May 1942. Her civilian name is still visible painted on her stern.
    National Archives photo 19-N-29680 (cropped)
    Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history for YHB-5 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Evergreen Fleet - Quilcene
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    Last Updated 14 February 2023