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YHB-7 (1940 - 1944)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built by William Denny, Dumbarton, Scotland (YN 1169)
  • Assembled at California Transportation Co.'s Banner Island shipyard, Stockton, CA
  • Completed and placed in service as Delta Queen (ON 225875), 1927
  • Acquired by the Navy November 1940
  • Placed in service as Yard House Boat YHB-7, date unknown
  • Reclassified Ferryboat YFB-56, 05 July 1944
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
  • Entered Susiun Bay reserve fleet, 21 August 1946
  • Sold to Greene Line Steamers, Cincinnati OH, for $46,250, 17 December 1946
  • Removed from Suisun Bay and delivered to Frederick Way, agent for purchaser, 04 February 1947
  • Taken to Mississipi River for passenger service, 1948
  • Retired due to fire safety standards because of her wooden superstructure, 2008
  • Current Disposition, restaurant and hotel at Chattanooga, TN (being refitted for river voyages)
    Displacement unknown
    Length 285'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 11' 5"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross-compound, condensing, reciprocating steam engine

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    Delta Queen (YFB-56)
    28k YFB-56 underway in San Francisco Bay, circa 1944-46.  
    47k YFB-56 underway in San Francisco Bay, circa 1944-46. Photo via Ted Stone. George Schneider
    Commercial Service
    562k Delta Queen boarded up for her passage to the US Gulf coast from California, circa 1948. Note her Navy hull number is still visible on her bow, along with her civilian name.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 85458, courtesy of the Steamship Historical Society, A.R. Ottley collection. Copied from Donald M. McPherson, 1977.
    George Schneider
    921k SS Delta Queen underway on the Ohio River in a race with the SS Belle of Louisville which is in the background on the left, 30 April 1963. Delta Queen won the race by 30 minutes. Darryl Baker

    YHB-7 / YFB-56
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Delta Queen - Wikipedia
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    Last Updated 07 November 2020