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House Boat (Self-propelled)
  • Built by John W. Dickie & Son, Alameda, CA
  • Completed for Northwestern Pacific RR Co., San Francisco, CA, as the wooden-hulled sidewheel ferry Cazadero (ON 127756), 1903
  • Laid up with end of ferry service, 1941
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 02 February 1943
  • Machinery and superstructure removed with intention of converting her to a YCV (aircraft transportation barge) for use in ferrying aircraft from NAS Alameda to carriers at sea
  • Conversion never completed - probably never actually served as a YHB
  • Title abandoned by the Maritime Commission to the US Navy, 21 January 1945
  • Declared surplus and placed out of service, 28 May 1945
  • Abandoned on mud bank at Hunter's Point, 1945 - 1948
  • FInal disposition, blown up by Navy salvage crews in tests and remains scrapped, January 1949
    Displacement 1682 gross tons, 991 net tons
    Length 228' 5"
    Beam 38'
    Draft 17'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion 1-cylinder vertical-beam steam engine, 1600hp (removed)

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    YHB-20 21k Cazadero underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history for YHB-20 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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