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House Boat (Self-propelled)
  • Built by Mathis Yacht, Camden, NJ (YN 173)
  • Completed as yacht Samuri (ON 225101) for William Earl Dodge, New York City, NY, 1925
  • Sold to A. Hamilton Rice, Newport, RI, and renamed Eleanor IV, 1928
  • Sold to Sydney E. Hutchinson, Philadelphia, PA, and renamed Sydney, 1935
  • Renamed Seaplay, 1936
  • Sold to Arrow Line Co., Wilmington, DE, 1939
  • Sold to Helma Boat & Charter Co., Miami, FL, renamed Helma, 1940
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1942 Assigned to Seventh Naval District at Key West, FL, operating as an advance base in Caribbean
  • Placed out of service, May 1944
  • Struck from Naval Register, 20 July 1944
  • Laid up at New River moorings, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1944 - 1946
  • To WSA (War Shipping Administration) for disposal, April 1946
  • Registered to Sylvia Corporation of Miami, FL as yacht Helma, 1946
  • Registered to Macabi Inc., Miami Beach, FL, 1949
  • Out of documentation, 1953
  • Redocumented as owned by Marine Service Corp., Miami, FL, 1956
  • Registered to Karl Mongelluzzo, Miami, FL, 1958
  • Destroyed by Hurricane Donna on Miami River, 10 September 1960
    Displacement 221 gross tons, 179 net tons
    Length 120' overall
    Beam 21' 0"
    Draft 9' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, 600hp

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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Ronald M. Ogden D-V(G), USNR(March - September 1943)
    02LT(jg) Kenneth Paul Sanow D-V(G), USNR(December 1943)
    03LT John P. Turner, Jr. DE-V(S), USNR(March - May 1944)

    There is no DANFS history for YHB-14 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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