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Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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National Defense Service Medal

YFB-83 Class Ferry Boat
  • Built by John Mathis Co., Camden, NJ (YN 180)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, 26 January 1949
  • Completed for Norfolk County Ferries, Portsmouth, VA, as the ferryboat City of Portsmouth (ON 257512), April 1949
  • Sold to Delaware River Ferry Co., Camden, NJ, renamed Delaware Valley, 1955
  • Purchased by Navy for $274,000, 1959
  • Towed from Panama to Hawaii by Arikara (ATF-98), November - December 1960
  • Placed in service as Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83), 03 March 1961
  • Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) was assigned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor
  • Placed out of service on completion of Admiral Clarey Bridge, 1998
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 June 1999
  • Sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, for conversion or reuse, 05 February 2003
  • In use as undocumented barge by Billeter Marine LLC, Coos Bay, OR, as of 2020
    Displacement 390 tons (lt) 500 tons (fl)
    Length 172' 5" waterline, 180' 0" overall
    Beam 46'
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 14

    Load Capacity
    vehicles 35
    passengers 500
    Armament none
    two Caterpillar Model D 3508 main Diesel engines
    Farrel main reduction gears
    General Electric aux generator, type CDM 11294, 120V DC
    two propellers, 800hp

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    66k Artist drawing of Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) Tommy Trampp
    LOC item # hi0648.365739p
    110k Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) and Moko Holo Hele (YFB-87) docked off Hornet Ave., Pearl City, HI., date unknown.
    Library of Congress item # hi0648.365739p. Photo by David Franzen.
    David Wright
    LOC item # hi0648.365740p
    93k Exterior and interior views of Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) docked off Hornet Ave., Pearl City, HI, date unknown. YFB-83, was the oldest of the two vehicle and passenger transport ferries last in service in Hawaii, representative of the ferries used at Pearl Harbor in an era when such vessels were the major mode of transportation between Ford Island and the main base portion of the installation. This era lasted until 1998, when the Admiral Clarey Bridge made the ferries obsolete as a form of transportation to the island. Photos by David Franzen. David Wright
    LOC item # hi0648.365741p
    LOC item # hi0648.365742p
    LOC item # hi0648.365743p
    LOC item # hi0648.365744p
    LOC item # hi0648.365745p
    LOC item # hi0648.365746p
    LOC item # hi0648.365747p
    166k The former Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) in use as a barge at Billeter Marine's facility, Coos Bay, OR, 20 October 2020. Photo copyright Kyle Stubbs. Kyle Stubbs

    There is no DANFS history record for Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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