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Aquidneck (YFB-14)

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

Aquidneck Class Yard Ferryboat:
  • Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 167)
  • Laid down, 28 July 1936
  • Launched, 13 February 1937
  • Delivered to the Navy, 22 May 1937
  • Placed in service at Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, RI, 28 May 1937
  • Placed out of service, in reserve, October 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 01 July 1975
  • Transferred to the Department of the Interior, November 1975
  • Turned over by the Department of the Interior to the State of Washington, 19 December 1975
  • Custody assumed by Pierce County, WA, for the Steilacoom-Ketron Island-Anderson Island run, renamed M/V Steilacoom (ON 582707), 1976
  • Modified to single-ended propulsion, date unknown
  • Placed in backup status in 1994, returned to service in 2006
  • Sold for $49,500 to R.T. Wallace of Haldo Inc., Las Vegas, NV, February 2007
  • Resold (on eBay) to real estate developer Mike Cohen, renamed M/V Point Ruston, 2008
  • Current Dispositon, in use as a floating showroom and conference center for the Point Ruston condo development, Point Ruston, WA
    Displacement 544 tons
    Length 141'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Double-ended Propulsion Diesel, 900shp

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    Aquidneck (YFB-14)
    215k Aquidneck (YFB-14) underway in Narragansett Bay, circa 1937.
    National Archives photo 80-G-457679
    Douglas Brown and Stan Svec
    215k Aquidneck (YFB-14) moored out of service in Narragansett Bay, August 1947. Note her gray paint scheme and covered windows.
    Ted Stone photo
    George Schneider
    Commercial Service
    57k Underway as Steilacoom, date unknown.
    Photo from
    Dave Wright
    288k Moored as Point Ruston, circa 2010.
    Photo courtesy
    Dave Wright

    View the Aquidneck (YFB-14)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" article Visit a historic ferry, buy a new condo by Aubrey Cohen
    Point Ruston
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    Last Updated 20 July 2015