Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Launch No. 132 (1911 - 1920)
Steam Cutter No. 132 (1907 - 1911)
Ferry Launch No. 132 (1891- 1907)

Ferry Launch
  • Built at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service as Ferry Launch No. 132, 1892 or 1902 (sources differ)
  • Provided service throughout her Navy career between the Navy Yard and the city of Portsmouth, NH
  • Redesignated Steam Cutter No. 132, 1907
  • Redesignated Launch No. 132,1911
  • Redesignated YFB-132, 17 July 1920
  • Placed out of service, 09 January 1928
  • Struck for the Naval Register, October 1928
  • Transferred to the Commerce Department, assigned to the US Coast and Geodetic Survey and named USC&GS Echo, October 1928
  • USC&GS Echo operated in the Atlantic, 1928 - 1938
  • Registered to Southern Materials Corp., Norfolk, VA, as tug Echo (ON 237855), 1938
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown (last listed 1951)
    Displacement 45 gross tons
    Length 64' 6"
    Beam 16'
    Draft 5' 7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam engine, 100hp; replaced with a gasoline engine, 75hp, by the USC&GS

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    61k YFB-132 departing the ferry landing at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME, 22 September 1926. She is headed across the Piscataqua River to the ferry landing at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Upriver to the right is the World War Memorial Bridge, completed in 1923 to connect Portsmouth and Kittery.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 41608
    USC&GS Echo
    101k USC&GS Echo moored pierside in Narragansett Bay, RI, 1930. Note the wheelhouse has been moved aft and the steam engine stack has been removed.
    Photo from C&GS Season's Report Sammons 1930-140.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    100k USC&GS Echo at Quicks Hole, MA, 24 July 1931.
    NOAA photo 0667
    George Schneider
    75k USC&GS Echo at a boatyard, possibly under conversion for survey service, date unknown.
    NOAA photo 5441
    George Schneider

    There is no DANFS history record for YFB-132 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Service Craft Index Back To The Ferry Boat (YFB) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page was created by Gary P. Priolo and is maintained by David L. Wright
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 07 November 2020