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Dewees (YFB-37)

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

Yard Ferryboat:
  • Built by Howard Shipyard Co., Jeffersonville IN
  • Completed as the harbor passenger ferry Josie (ON 76974), 1891
  • Operated as relief ferry at New Orleans
  • Owned by Algiers Public Service Co., New Orleans, LA, circa 1925
  • Sold to Tampa Bay Ferry & Transportation Co., Tampa, FL, rebuilt into a single-ended vehicle ferry and renamed Manatee, 1931
  • Restyled as Bee Line Ferry, 1938
  • Acquired by the Navy, 28 July 1942
  • Placed in service as Dewees (YFB-37), 1942
  • Allocated to the Sixth Naval District, 1942 - 1946
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 October 1945
  • Registered to St. Petersburg Port Authority, St. Petersburg, FL, 1946
  • Sold and reflagged Cuban, 1955
  • Final disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 229 gross tons / 180 net tons
    Length 137' 0"
    Beam 25' 5"
    Draft 9' 0"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    two Atlas Imperial 6-cylinder diesels
    twin propellers, 400bhp
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    Dewees 122k Undated postcard of Manatee underway in Tampa Bay. Dave Wright

    Dewees (YFB-37)
    DANFS 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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