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November - Delta - India - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

YSD-11 Class Seaplane Wrecking Derrick:
  • Laid down, 9 April 1943, as the steel-hull Seaplane Wrecking Derrick YSD-53 (Gulfport Hull #218), at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 6 September 1943
  • Delivered to the Navy, 3 May 1944
  • Allocated to the 8th Naval District
  • Placed in service as YSD-53, date and location unknown
  • Assigned to Harbor Clearance Unit 2 (name changed to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 early 1980s), date unknown, served as a diving platform
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 20 April 1992
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 220 t.(lt) 270 t.(fl)
    Length 104'
    Beam 31' 2"
    Draft 4'
    Speed 10 kts
    one American Hoist & Derrick model 685 rotating crane
    boom 54 ft..
    lifting capacity 10 t.
    powered by a 6 cylinder Cummings Diesel
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 15
    Ship's Service Generators
    one 30Kw Diesel Generator set
    one 20Kw Diesel Generator set
    two Superior model MRDB-8 200 HP Diesel engines
    two propellers, 640shp

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    YSD-53 149k YSD-53 underway during builders trials near her builders yard at Port Arthur, TX. in late April - early May 1944, Stan Svec
    YSD-53 200k YSD-53 underway during builders trials near her builders yard at Port Arthur, TX. in late April - early May 1944, Jim Swank
    YSD-53 1292k YSD-53 at Cape Charles, VA., in June 1979. YSD-53's mission was to inspect the sheet piling of an artificial island in the lower Chesapeake Bay called "Wolf Trap" used by navy divers. Photo by Terry Rioux
    YSD-53 1029k
    YSD-53 1378k

    There is no DANFS history available for YSD-53 at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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