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Blue Dolphin (IX-65)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Uniform - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Auxiliary Schooner :
  • Built in 1926 at Shelburn Shipbuilding Corp., Shelburn, Nova Scotia
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy, 17 March 1942, from Mr. Amory Collidge for $1
  • Modified for Naval service at George Lawley & Sons Shipyard, Neponset, MA. from 26 March 1942 to 4 April 1942
  • Placed in service, 6 April 1942, as Blue Dolphin (IX-65), at Section Base, Boston, MA.
  • Assigned as station vessel at Casco Bay, Maine
  • Placed out of service, 28 June 1945, at US Naval Drydock Boston, MA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 July 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 14 September 1945
  • Purchased, date unknown, by Mr. David C. Nutt for oceanographic research, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, abandoned and derelict in Detroit, MI. near the Goat Yard Marina
    Displacement 91 t.
    Length 99' 8"
    Beam 22' 5"
    Draft 12'
    Speed 8 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion sail
    one Cooper-Bessemer 4 cycle 4 cylinder Diesel auxiliary engine
    one generator
    single propeller. 110shp
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    Blue Dolphin 74k Blue Dolphin (IX-65) underway in Casco Bay, Maine, 27 October 1942.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-36063 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Blue Dolphin 20k Ex-Blue Dolphin (IX-65) under sail while chartered to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, circa 1949 - 1954. Anne Wheelock
    Blue Dolphin
    107k Schooner Blue Dolphin in port Detroit, MI., near the Goat Yard Marina., 9 September 2014.
    Photo courtesy of Tod Whitfield
    Robert Hurst
    Blue Dolphin
    274k 26 August 2021 photo of schooner Blue Dolphin sunk at Goat Yard Marina.
    Photo courtesy of Jtle515 (real name unknown)
    Robert Hurst

    Blue Dolphin (IX-65)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Blue Dolphin Document file, multiple records during and following active Naval service
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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