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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Anthony J. Basile
USS Crilley (YHLC-1)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
YHLC-1 Class Salvage Lifting Craft, Heavy
Built in 1942 as the Salvage Barge Energie by Seebeck Werft, Bremerhaven, Germany
Launched, date unknown
Delivered and placed in service, date unknown
Sunk by British aircraft in 1945 in the Baltic Sea
Refloated by Germany, resuming service to Germany in 1948
Leased by the United Nations in 1957 to clear the Suez Canal
Laid up upon completion to clearing wrecks in the Suez Canal
Purchased by the US Navy in 1967 at Bremerhaven, Germany from Bugsier-, Reederei & Bergungs - AG, Bremerhaven / Hamburg, Germany, named AHLC I
Renamed and commissioned USS Crilley (YHLC-1) in 1967
Assigned to Harbor Clearance Unit One at Naval Station Subic Bay R.P.
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 2 September 1976 for lay up in the James River National Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
Permanent custody assigned to the Maritime Administration, 14 December 1977
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 11 December 1993
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 November, 2001 to Transforma Marine, Brownsville, TX.
Displacement 1732 t.(lt) 1867 t.(fl)
Lifting Capacity 4800 t.
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Frank William Crilley was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on 13 September 1883. Following enlistment in the Navy in March 1900, he became a Gunner's Mate and received additional training as a diver. In 1915, while a Chief Gunner's Mate, he made dives to over 300 feet during salvage operations on the sunken submarine F-4 (SS-23) off Honolulu, Hawaii. On 17 April 1915 he rescued a fellow diver who had become entangled at a depth of 250 feet. For his heroism on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1929. In 1917, Crilley was appointed to the rank of Gunner(T), and in February 1918 became an Ensign in the Naval Reserve. He commanded USS Salvor in 1919 and left active duty in July of that year. In the mid-1920s, he was involved with salvaging USS S-51 (SS-162), and returned to active Naval service in 1927-28 to work on the recovery of USS S-4 (SS-109). He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions as a diver during that operation. In 1931, Frank Crilley served as Second Officer and Master Diver during the Arctic expedition of the civilian submarine Nautilus. Also in 1931, he assisted with the salvage of USS Mayflower (PY-1). Transferred to the Retired List in May 1932, he was again employed on Navy work in 1939, during the salvage of USS Squalus (SS-192). Ensign Frank W. Crilley died at the Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, on 23 November 1947. USS Crilley (YHLC-1), 1967-1993, was named in honor of Ensign Frank W. Crilley.
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery Website
||The Salvage Barges Energie and Ausdauer lifting a vessel in the port of Bremerhaven, Germany, in May 1965.
||AHLC I (background) and AHLC II (foreground) in port at Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1967 shortly before departing for the United States.
||USS Crilley (YHLC-1), left and USS Crandall (YHLC-2) right at Naval Station Subic Bay, R. P., circa 1967. Note they both are still wearing their civilian colors.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1967.
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||USS Crandall (YHLC-2) left, and USS Crilley (YHLC-1) right, raising the hull of the French steamer SS Paul Bert, at My Tho, South Vietnam, in 1966. The steamer, sunk during World War Two, was salvaged to allow the establishment of a US Navy patrol boat base.
US Navy photo from 1968-69 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
There is no DANFS history record available for USS Crilley (YHLC-1) at NavSource
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