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Calistoga (YFB-21)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built by Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD (YN 78)
  • Launched, October 1907
  • Completed for Baltimore Steam Packet Co., Baltimore, MD, as Florida (ON 204629), 29 November 1907
  • Sold to Monticello Steamship Co., San Francisco, CA, renamed Calistoga, 1924
  • Sold to Golden Gate Ferry Co., San Francisco, CA, 1927
  • Company renamed Southern Pacific-Golden Gate Ferry Co., 1929
  • Placed out of business with opening of Bay and Golden Gate bridges and laid up, 1937
  • Purchased by US Navy for $25,500, 26 April 1941
  • Placed in service as Calistoga (YFB-21), 18 September 1941
  • Intended as a back-up ferry, but only used as a floating barracks at Mare Island
  • Declared surplus, August 1946
  • Sold for scrap to Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA, 29 July 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 October 1947
  • Final disposition, burnt on Alameda shore for scrap, 1948
    Displacement 2680 gross tons
    Length 298'
    Beam 45'
    Draft 16'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross-compound, condensing, reciprocating steam engine, 2600ihp (removed)

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    61k Calistoga on her shakedown cruise in San Francisco Bay, 1925.
    California State Library photo 2008-0290
    Dave Wright
    153k Calistoga (YFB-21) is in the background of this amidships plan view of Fanning (DD-385) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 02 June 1942
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3061-42.
    Darryl Baker
    61k Calistoga (YFB-21) at Mare Island, 17 May 1943.
    National Archives photo 19-N-47586 (cropped)
    Dave Wright
    93k Calistoga (YFB-21) at Mare Island, 14 June 1943. The yard tug YMT-11 is on the quay wall for repairs to the left.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4358-43
    Darryl Baker

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    DANFS history entry located at the Haze Gray and Underway website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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