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Nihoa (YFB-17)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Nihoa Class Yard Ferryboat (wood-hull):
  • Built by Pearl Harbor Navy Yard
  • Laid down, 26 April 1941
  • Launched, 25 July 1941
  • Delivered and placed in service as Nihoa (YFB-17), 07 November 1941
  • Allocated to the 14th Naval District at Pearl Harbor, provided ferry service between NAS Ford Island and Naval Base Pearl Harbor her entire career
  • Nihoa was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941
  • Placed out of service, April 1961
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold to private purchaser, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • Nihoa earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 288 tons(lt), 470 tons(fl)
    Length 145' 6"
    Beam 44'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 5
    Armament none
    Propulsion Atlas-Imperial Diesel, 300shp

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    1000k Nihoa (YFB-17) being prepared for "launching" by crane at 1010 Dock, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 25 July 1941. Other vessels visible are torpedo testing barge YTT-3 (used as the harbormaster's office) and Nokomis (YT-142). The larger tug is probably Keosanqua (AT-38).
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 96386
    Dave Wright
    800k Nihoa (YFB-17) being christened by Miss Patricia Bellinger, daughter of Rear Admiral Patrick N.L. Bellinger, at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 25 July 1941. The christening party consisted of (from right): Captain Claude S. Gillette, manager of Pearl Harbor Navy Yard; Miss Bellinger, wielding the traditional bottle; Captain Charles D. Swain, production officer; Thomas Shoemaker, son of Commander James H. Shoemaker; Miss Mary Bellinger, and Rear Admiral Claude S. Bloch, commandant of the 14th Naval District.
    Photo from The Honolulu Advertiser, 26 July 1941.
    Dave Wright
    993k Nihoa (YFB-17) being "launched" by crane at 1010 Dock, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 25 July 1941.Ships in background include McCall (DD-400) and Reedbird (AMc-30)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 96384 and 96385
    Dave Wright
    1029k Nihoa (YFB-17) underway at Pearl Harbor, probably on final trials before delivery, 03 November 1941. Her high visibilty 'checkerboard' paint scheme is very evident here.
    National Archives photo 19-N-26268A
    Dave Wright
    1036k Nihoa (YFB-17) is just visible above the capsized Oglala (CM-1) shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941.Note her original 'checkerboard' paint scheme, designed to make her more visible in the busy harbor.
    National Archives photo 80-G-32532
    Dave Wright
    107k Nihoa (YFB-17) underway in Pearl Harbor, circa 1943-44. Her checkerboard scheme has given way to Navy gray at this point.
    Library of Congress photo HAER HI-68-10 (cropped)
    David Stubblebine
    34k Nihoa (YFB-17) carries autos, trucks, and sailors from Ford Island to Oahu during one of the ferry's hourly 'voyages', circa 1953-54.
    Photos from All Hands magazine, February 1954.
    Stan Svec
    1222k Nihoa (YFB-17) carries autos, trucks, and sailors from Ford Island to Oahu during one of the ferry's hourly 'voyages', circa 1950-1960. Original caption "BATTLE WITNESS- The Ford Island ferry, which still shuttles across Pearl Harbor, was caught in the middle of the harbor during the 1941 attack. Though cruising amidst bombs and torpedoes, the ferry completed its run unharmed."
    US Navy photo
    George T. Edwards

    Nihoa (YFB-17)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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