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Wimbee (IX-88)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Golf - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Miscellaneous Unclassified - Auxiliary Yawl:
  • Laid down, 22 February 1936, as the auxiliary yawl Roland von Bremen at Bremen-Burg, Germany
  • Launched, 21 April 1936
  • Sold in 1938 to Leo Berson, a Berlin Jew, who fled Germany, along with Hanns von Lottner the boat's racing navigator
  • Once in America Berson renamed the yacht Condor and late sold her
  • Acquired in August 1942 by the Navy from W. L. MacFarland, Greenwich, CT.
  • Renamed Wimbee (IX-88), date unknown
  • Placed in service, 19 September 1942, at Port Everglades, FL. LCDR. Arnold W. Chapin, USNR, officer in charge
  • Placed out of service, 17 March 1943
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 28 June 1944
  • Transferred, 7 February 1945, to the Maritime Commission and sold to Paul Liskey, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Sold, 26 February 1946, to Walter Trepte of San Diego, CA., renamed, Roland von Bremen
  • Sold in 1947 to Howard B. Keck of Houston, TX., home ported at Los Angeles
  • Sold in 1962 to William B. Greer Jr. of Rolling Hills, CA. home ported at Los Angeles
  • Sold in 1971 to Anselma Schroeder of Marina del Rey, CA. home ported at Los Angeles & Long Beach
  • On 11 April 1971 brothers Fred and Erwin Schroeder sailed her from San Francisco to Germany arriving 21 August 1972 at the island of Heligoland
  • Laid up at Kiel for sale in 1974, bought as a tour boat by Klaus and Erika Allendorf
  • Sold in 1979 to Peter Krallmann of Gelsenkirchen Roland of Bremen, used for charter trips in the North and Baltic seas
  • As of 1986 the yacht was sailing out of Kiel for Baltic sea tours (Above information from "World War 11 U.S. Navy vessels in Private Hands" by Greg H. Williams)
    Displacement unknown
    Length 59' 9"
    Beam 13' 3"
    Draft 8' 2"
    Speed 7 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion sail with auxiliary engine

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    Wimbee 41k Racing yacht Roland von Bremen at sea during the Bermuda to Cuxhaven race that was part of the 1936 Olympic Games. German press photo from YachtSport Archiv, courtesy Robert Hurst
    Wimbee 95k Racing yacht Roland von Bremen arriving at Cuxhaven, Germany, after winning the Bermuda to Cuxhaven race that was part of the 1936 Olympic Games. German press photo from YachtSport Archiv, courtesy Robert Hurst
    Wimbee 71k Yacht Roland von Bremen moored pierside at Farsund, southern Norway, in 2004. Photo from YachtSport Archiv, courtesy Robert Hurst

    Wimbee (IX-88)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Officers in Charge
    01LCDR. Chapin, Arnold William, USNR19 September 1942 - 30 September 1942
    02LCDR. Ives, William Francis, USNR30 September 1942 - 17 March 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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