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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

YSD-11 Class Seaplane Wrecking Derrick:
  • Built by Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo CA
  • Placed in service as Seaplane Wrecking Derrick YSD-14, December 1940
  • Allocated to the 12th Naval District
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Army Corps of Engineers as debris boat, renamed Raccoon, 1960
  • Final disposition, Active, in service with Corps of Engineers, based at Sausalito, CA
    Displacement 240 tons (lt) 270 tons (fl)
    Length 104' 0"
    Beam 31' 2"
    Draft 4'0"
    Lifting Capacity 10 tons
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 15
    two Diesel engines
    two propellers
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    YSD-14 667k YSD-14 off Mare Island, probably on shakedown trials after completion, 12 December 1940.
    National Archives photos 19-N-23210-A, 19-N-23208-A and 19-N-23209-A
    Dave Wright
    YSD-14 834k
    YSD-14 816k
    USACE Raccoon
    YSD-14 127k Ex-YSD-14 in operation as USACE Raccoon, collecting debris on San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco District US Army Corps of Engineers has had her in service since 1960 in the SF Bay and Tributaries as a Hazard to Navigation Drift Collector. The bow was modified in 1962 to accommodate 3 new debris nets 20' wide that each can lift 18 tons of debris during patrols. It should be noted that the Raccoon's hull has been entirely replaced and is now on at least its fourth set of engines. The last shipyard modifications included adding Thordon Sealed shaft seals, new shafts, as well as many electrical and hydraulic upgrades. The Bucyrus Erie excavator is fixed to the vessel and has a newly rebuilt Pierce Pacific OR 3 stage knuckle boom crane that is designed with a tree and log handling grapple.
    Photos and comments contributed by Joseph P. McCormick, Master, Derrickboat Raccoon, Navigation & Structural Section, USACE-OR-O-NS
    Joe McCormick
    YSD-14 51k
    YSD-14 211k
    YSD-14 65k
    YSD-14 65k
    YSD-14 344k
    YSD-14 173k Raccoon moored at the ACE docks, Sausalito, CA, 24 November 2017. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider

    There is no DANFS history for YSD-14 available at NavSource
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    Last Updated 30 March 2018