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Metinic (YFB-49)

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

Yard Ferryboat:
  • Built by Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA, or US Naval Drydock, Hunters Point, CA (sources differ)
  • Laid down, 15 March 1944
  • Launched, 20 August 1944
  • Placed in service, 18 September 1944
  • Though designated a ferryboat, was built on a 66' YTL hull and appears to mostly have been used a yard tug at Hunters Point
  • Placed out of service, 04 September 1946
  • In reserve at Mare Island, 1946-47
  • Reclassified small boat 26639, 24 September 1947
  • Designation YFB-49 stricken, 28 August 1947
  • Used as diving boat for salvage crews at San Francisco NSY, 1947 - 1955
  • Sold, date unknown
  • Registered to Tug Valiant, Inc., San Francisco, CA, as tug Valiant (ON 270466)
  • Later sold to Bay Cities Transportation, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Later absorbed into Crowley Launch & Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA
  • Later kept by Croley in reserve and boarded up at Alameda, CA
  • Sold by Crowley and went out of documentation about 1998
  • Last noted at Brannan Island, near Rio Vista, CA, 2017
  • Final disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 25 tons
    Length 66' 2"
    Beam 17' 0"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    disel, 400shp
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    86k Valiant underway in Los Angeles harbor, 03 June 1977. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider
    375k Valiant in a somewhat derelict state at San Francisco, CA, 08 September 2001. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider
    409k Valiant moored in the Delta Loop area of Sacramento River Delta, 24 August 2003. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider
    163k Valiant moored in the Delta Loop area of Sacramento River Delta, 09 July 2017. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider

    Metinic (YFB-49)
    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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