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House Boat
  • Built by Schultze, Robertson & Schultz, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Launched, 11 November 1912
  • Completed for for the California Transportation Co., San Francisco, CA, as the sternwheel steamer Fort Sutter (ON 210771), November 1912
  • Operated on Sacramento River between Sacramento and San Francisco
  • Placed out of service on completion of Delta King and Delta Queen, 1927
  • Acquired by the Navy, 26 July 1942
  • Placed in service at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA, as YHB-11, date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • To WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal, January 1947
  • Purchased by M.O. Mason, Sacramento, CA, 1947
  • Purchased by J.H. McGee and L.A. Peterson with intention of converting it to a fishing club on Three Mile Slough, 1948
  • Acquired by Barney Gould, about 1952
  • Lay off Aquatic Park for next seven years while legal battles waged
  • Final disposition, destroyed by arson, 01 May 1959
    Displacement 1139 gross tons, 801 net tons
    Length 219' 2"
    Beam 42' 6"
    Draft 9' 3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion 2-cycle steam engine, stern wheel, 1242ihp (not used during Navy service)

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    101k Fort Sutter moored, date and location unknown. Photo via John Spivey

    There is no DANFS history for YHB-11 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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