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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 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
    Specifications:
    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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    Nihoa 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
    Nihoa 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
    Nihoa 1042k
    Nihoa 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
    Nihoa 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
    Nihoa 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. Stan Svec
    Nihoa 31k
    Nihoa 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 US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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