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Magdalena (YFB-54)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Ferry Boat:
  • Built by John W. Steffen, Portland, OR
  • Completed for Oregon & Washington Ferry & Nav. Co., Portland, OR as ferry City of Seattle (ON 126536), 1888
  • Sold to Martinez-Benicia Ferry & Transportation Co., San Francisco CA, 1913
  • Purchased by the Navy from City of Martinez, CA, 10 August 1944
  • Allocated to the 12th Naval District
  • Renamed Magdalena, 09 September 1944
  • Placed in service for service between Mare Island Navy Yard and Vallejo, CA, 23 November 1944
  • Placed out of service, 14 October 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 07 February 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 25 December 1947
  • Registered to City of Martinez, CA, 1948
  • Out of documentation, 1955
  • Registered as yacht to Alexis Tellis, Sausalito, CA, 1960
  • Placed on pilings and used as offices for Yellow Ferry Harbor, Sausalito, CA, date unknown
  • Upper works placed on concrete barge and in use as houseboat at Sausalito
    Displacement 196 gross tons / 124 net tons
    Length 121' 6"
    Beam 33' 2"
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion sidewheeler, 1 cylinder steam, 270hp

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    Magdalena 24k City of Seattle underway in Puget Sound, circa 1891. City of Seattle was operated by the West Seattle Land & Improvement Co., between downtown Seattle and West Seattle.
    Photo taken by Frank La Roche, from the Frank La Roche Collection, via the University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.
    Robert Hurst
    Magdalena 48k Undated picture of City of Seattle as reconfigured for service with the Benicia and Martinez Ferry and Transportation Co. The photo was taken at Martinez, CA.
    University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.
    Robert Hurst

    Magdalena (YFB-54)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    City of Seattle (steam ferry)
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    Last Updated 07 November 2020