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Yellowstone (ID 2657)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Nan - Mike


  • The first Yellowstone was built in 1917 as War Buoy by the Moore and Scott Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, CA
  • Renamed Yellowstone prior to completion
  • Launched 9 December 1917
  • Completed in April 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 September 1918 at Philadelphia, PA and commissioned USS Yellowstone (ID 2657) the same day
  • Decommissioned 24 May 1919 at Brooklyn, NY, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Dragged anchors and ran aground 16 December 1920 at St. Michael's, Punta Delgada, Azores and stranded.


  • Displacement 12,570 t.
  • Length 416' 6"
  • Beam 53'
  • Draft 26' 5"
  • Depth of hold 34' 6"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 6"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,400shp Parsons steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Yellowstone 88k Photographed at Oakland, California, on builder's trials on 20 April 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65076
    Robert Hurst
    Yellowstone 95k Probably shown here at or near her builder's yard at Oakland, California. The barge Olinda of San Francisco is alongside
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105286

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