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Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83)
Delaware Valley (YFB-83)

YFB-83 Class Ferry Boat
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the ferryboat MV Delaware Valley at John Mathis Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in service, 1 April 1959 as Delaware Valley (YFB-83)
  • Name changed to Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83), date unknown
  • Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) was assigned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 June 1999
  • Sold, 5 February 2003 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, for conversion or reuse
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 390 t.(lt) 500 t.(fl)
    Length 180'
    Beam 46'
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 14
    Load Capacity
    vehicles 35
    passengers 500
    Armament none
    two Caterpiller Mod. D 3508 main Diesel engines
    Farrel maine reduction gears
    General Electric aux generator, type CDM 11294, 120V D.C.
    two propellers
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    YFB-87 66k Artist drawing of Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB-83) Tommy Trampp
    LOC item # hi0648.365739p
    110k Delaware Valley (YFB-83) (Wa'a Hele Honua) 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 Delaware Valley (YFB-83) (Wa'a Hele Honua) 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. YFB-83 was 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

    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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