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Zaca (IX-73)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Oscar - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Fisherman Gaff Schooner:
  • Built by Nunes Bros. in 1929-30, Sausalito, CA.
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 12 June 1942, from Templeton Crocker, San Francisco, CA.
  • Placed in service as Zaca (IX-73), 19 June 1942
  • Placed out of service, 6 October 1944, at Naval Station Treasure Island, CA.
  • Assigned to Commender Western Sea Frontier as a plane guard station ship until May 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 21 May 1945, for disposal
  • Sold in July 1945 to Joseph Rosenber of San Francisco for $14,350
  • Resold to Errol Flynn, in 1946. Flynn owned the Zaca until his death in 1959 when she was found rotting and finally abandoned in the south of France. After she was sold by Flynn's estate, she was sunk in 12 feet of water. Today Zaca is in Italy where she has been restored by Roberto Memmo to her former glory. During the summer, Zaca can often be found at important Regattas in the Mediterranean. In the winter she is berthed in Port de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo
    Displacement 122 t. (gross)
    Length 118'
    Beam 23' 9"
    Draft 11'
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement 10
    Propulsion main-sail, auxiliary-unknown.

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    Zaca (IX-73
    Zaca 71k Zaca (IX-73) at anchor in San Francisco Bay of Naval Station Treasure Island, circa 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-49590 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Zaca 138k Zaca (IX-73) underway while under full sail, circa 1942-44, location unknown. Jim Swank
    Zaca 77k Zaca at anchor, date and location unknown. Todd Cabral
    Zaca 27k Zaca underway off the coast of Acapulco, Mexico in the mid 1940s. Todd Cabral
    Zaca 60k Aboard Zaca Errol Flynn helps crew haul in sails, also identified in this photo is crew member Eduardo Sala third from the left, date and location unknown. Ventura Sala, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
    Zaca 171k Zaca at anchor, date and location unknown. Todd Cabral
    Zaca 8k Zaca underway in 1999, place unknown. Todd Cabral
    Zaca 624k Zaca underway, date and location unknown. Tina Nyary
    Zaca 29k
    Zaca 212k Zaca underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    Zaca (IX-73)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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