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Leslie (YFB-7)

  • Built in 1902 as the wooden-hull fireboat Leslie at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA.
  • Launched, 1 December 1902
  • Built at a cost of $39,343.49
  • Placed in service as Leslie, 9 May 1903, at Navy Yard Mare Island
  • Designated Yard Ferryboat (YFB-7), 17 July 1920
  • Placed out of service in 1930
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1930
  • Sold, 30 October 1930 to a Pittsburgh, CA. shipyard for conversion to commercial service, renamed Del Draco
  • Purchased by Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA. in 1938, rebuilt and renamed Basalt No. 1
  • Reacquired by the Navy at the beginning of WWII assigned duties as a gate tender at the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Disposed of by the Navy (date unknown)
  • Sold to Alf Jorgenson of Vancouver, B.C., date unknown, for $5,000
  • An additional $25,000 was invested in rebuilding her before relaunching, 3 April 1947, as Ocean Comet, later renamed Mt. Comet
  • Final Disposition, sunk in September 1987 after becoming loose from her moorings at Vancouver
    Specifications - Ships Data 1914:
    Displacement unknown
    Length 75'
    Beam 18'
    Draft 2' 7"
    Speed 9.37 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam replaced by Diesel in 1930

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    Leslie (YFB-7)
    Leslie 96k Leslie underway off Navy Yard Mare Island in August 1903 shortly after being placed in service as a fire and pumping boat .
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Leslie 74k Leslie underway off Navy Yard Mare Island, 2 September 1903 as a yard fire tug.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo 208-Dept. P.W: U.Navy Yard M.I. Cal. Fire Tug.
    Darryl Baker
    Cuyama 94k Leslie is underway in the lower right corner of the photo of the new oiler Cuyama (Oiler #3) returning to Navy Yard Mare Island, 21 March 1917 after sea trials.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 3086-3-17, 3/21/17.
    Darryl Baker
    Leslie 111k Leslie (YFB-7) at the Mare Island ferry float in 1921. California (BB-44) is the battleship in the background at her outfitting berth. YD-33 is alongside California and several of the yard 65 foot YMT motor tugs are to the right.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Lively 180k Tug operations and dispatch area at Mare Island Navy Yard with the main yard building ways in the background. Tugs Navigator (YT-39) [twin stacks] is inboard of Lively (YT-14) and to the right of these two tugs is the USS Vigilant (YT-25). Yard ferries Leslie (YFB-7) and Dart (YFB-308) are to the right. The Tug Masters’ office is the house on the legs of the building ways overhead crane. The scaffolding on the building ways behind and below this office is the scaffolding for construction of the Montana (BB-51). The book A Long Line of Ships states that construction of the Montana was cancelled February 8, 1922 and it took another year to complete the scrapping of the ship. Based on this information this photo was probably taken from early 1922 to the middle of 1923.
    Photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Commercial Service
    Leslie 118k ex-Leslie underway in 1962 at Vancouver, B.C. as the commercial tug Mt. Comet.
    Photo donated to Mare Island Naval Shipyard by last owner.
    Darryl Baker
    Leslie 75k ex-Leslie at Vancouver, B.C. in 1983 as a boathouse.
    Photo donated to Mare Island Naval Shipyard by last owner.
    Darryl Baker

    Leslie (YFB-7)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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