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Royston (YFB-44)

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

Yard Ferryboat:
  • Built by Maryland Steel, Sparrows Point, MD (YN 129)
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed for Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlantic Railroad Co., Baltimore, MD as steamer Dorchester (ON 210650), October 1912
  • Sold to Baltimore and Virginia Steamboat Co., Baltimore, MD, 1928
  • Sold to American Contract & Trust Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1932
  • Sold to Fabian P. Noel, Baltimore, MD, and renamed Robert E. Lee, 1936
  • Acquired by Navy on charter, 20 December 1942
  • Placed in service as Royston (YFB-44), 22 December 1942
  • Assigned to 5th Naval District at Norfolk, VA, 1943
  • Placed out of service and transferred to War Shipping Administration, 30 April 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Registered to Robert E. Lee Steamboat Corp., Washington, DC, 1946
  • Sold to Wills Lines, Baltimore, MD, 1949
  • Final Disposition, broken up by North American Smelting Corp., Bordentown, NJ, 1953
    Displacement 612 gross tons
    Length 192'
    Beam 36' 2"
    Draft 10' 62"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    one cylinder vertical beam steam engine
    sidewheels, 1000 ihp

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    69k Dorchester as built, circa 1912. Dave Wright

    Royston (YFB-44)
    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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