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Dart (YFB-308)


  • Built by Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Laid down, 06 April 1899
  • Launched, 28 February 1900
  • Sponsor - Miss Margaret Fechteler, daughter of Lieutenant Augustus F. Fechteler, aide to Rear Admiral Louis Kempff, Commandant of Mare Island
  • Built at a cost of $15,000.00
  • Placed in service at Mare Island as Dart, 09 April 1900
  • Designated Yard Ferryboat (YFB-308), 17 July 1920
  • Placed out of service, 20 September 1930
  • Transferred to Department of Commerce for service with US Lighthouse Service
  • Placed in service as buoy boat Locust, 1931
  • Assigned to 18th Lighthouse District at San Francisco, 1931-1954
  • Renamed Locust (CG-72013-D) with merger of USLHS into US Coast Guard, 1939
  • Final disposition, decommissioned 1954
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length 71' 10"
    Beam 16' 7"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion unknown

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    Dart 80k Dart ready for launch at Mare Island, 28 February 1900.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 2307k Launching of Dart, 28 February 1900, at Mare Island Navy Yard.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 85k Dart at the end of the ways during her launching at Mare Island, 28 February 1900.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 156k Miss Margaret Fechteler, assisted by her father, LT Augustus F. Fechteler, christens the ferry launch Dart at Mare Island, 28 February 1900.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 531k Dart underway off Navy Yard Mare Island, circa 1900.
    National Archives photo 19-N-19-24-5
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 68k Broadside view of Dart at Navy Yard Mare Island, circa 1904.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 208k Stern view of Dart docked on the Vallejo side of the Mare Island straits, 01 August 1904.
    Mare island Navy Yard photo 379, 8/1/04.
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 162k Dart and Pike (Submarine No. 6) forward of and the civilian ferry Vallejo aft of Bennington (Gunboat No.4) in Drydock No. 1 at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 9 May 1905. The ship to Bennington's starboard is also unidentified as well as the ship beyond the drydock at anchor.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 1012k Real photo postcard of Dart, taken while serving as a ferry between Vallejo and Mare Island Navy Yard, sometime before World War One.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 85733, courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 743k Dart (YFB-308) underway in Mare Island Channel, 1918. City of Vallejo is in background, with Southern Pacific Ferry El Capitan (1868-1925) at the docks.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54643
    Darryl Baker
    BB-51 Montana 133k Caption reads: "4131 Dept. PW. US Navy yard, M.I. Cal. Driving dolphins for relocation of Dart at outboard end of Montana (BB-51) ways. Yard Labor, allotment 124-3." Note: The two gaged masts of the USS California (BB-44) being outfitted at Mare Island at the time can be seen in the background (left). A large number of four pipe destroyers can also be seen in the background. Shipyard log of 3/17/21 indicates that there were 24 destroyers at the yard at this time.
    Mare Island Navy Yard Public Works photo #4131
    Darryl Baker.
    Lively 180k Tug operations and dispatch area at Mare Island Navy Yard with the main yard building ways in the background. Tugs Navigator (YT-39) [twin stacks] is inboard of Lively (YT-14) and to the right of these two tugs is the USS Vigilant (YT-25). Yard ferries Leslie (YFB-7) and Dart (YFB-308) are to the right. The Tug Masters’ office is the house on the legs of the building ways overhead crane. The scaffolding on the building ways behind and below this office is the scaffolding for construction of the Montana (BB-51). The book A Long Line of Ships states that construction of the Montana was cancelled February 8, 1922 and it took another year to complete the scrapping of the ship. Based on this information this photo was probably taken from early 1922 to the middle of 1923.
    Photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Dart 809k Ex-Dart (YFB-308) in service as Coast Guard buoy tender Locust (CG-72013-D), date and location unknown.
    United States Coast Guard photo
    Dave Wright

    Dart (YFB-308)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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