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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Built by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark (YN 332)
  • Completed for Frederick W. Vanderbilt, New York, NY, as the yacht Vedette (ON 225349), July 1924
  • Sold on Vanderbilt's death by his niece, Margaret Louise Van Allen, to the Association of Maryland Pilots, 27 March 1939
  • Converted to a pilot boat by Baltimore Marine Repair Works, renamed Baltimore
  • Placed in service, June 1939
  • Acquisition by Navy directed, 21 November 1941
  • Pilots refused Navy's offer to buy vessel, 04 December 1941
  • Requistioned by Maritime Commission and delivered to Navy, 27 December 1941
  • Placed in service as YAG-7, 01 January 1942
  • Converted for Naval service by Norfolk Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company
  • Entered service, 06 February 1942
  • Operated as station and patrol vessel, Little Creek, Virginia 1942-46
  • Placed out of service at Frontier Base, Little Creek, 17 July 1945
  • Struck from Naval Register, 13 August 1945
  • Sold to W.B. Hamilton, Tampa, FL, converted to banana boat, renamed Susan J. Hamilton, 11 March 1946
  • Sold to Intercontinental Shipping Co., Puerto Cortes, Honduras, renamed Insco Trader, February 1947
  • Final Disposition, struck an underwater object and foundered 50 miles NW of Barranquilla, Columbia, 29 December 1954,
         while enroute from Tampa to Barranquilla while carrying a cargo of explosives. All 15 crew rescued by Norwegian SS Avenir after 31 hours in boats and taken to Barranquilla.
    Displacement 458 gross tons
    Length 158' 5"
    Beam 26' 2"
    Draft 12' 0"
    Speed 14 knots
    Complement unknown
    one single 3 pounder (later 6 pounder) forward
    two depth charge tracks aft
    two Burmeister & Wain diesel engines
    twin propellers, 1,000shp
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    MY Vedette
    61k Motor yacht Vedette underway, date and location unknown. David Wright
    109k Vedette moored off the Royal Danish Yacht Club at Copenhagen, circa the 1930s.
    National Archives Photo # none, RG-19 -LCM
    Robert Hurst, courtesy
    689k Another view of motor yacht Vedette underway, date and location unknown. David Wright
    Association of Maryland Pilots - Pilot Boat - MV Baltimore
    84k Pilot boat Baltimore in Baltimore harobr, circa 1939.
    National Archives Photo # none, RG-19 -LCM
    Robert Hurst, courtesy
    163k YAG-7, probably in Hampton Roads. She appears to be bringing a pilot to a merchant ship, which has stopped and has put a jacob's ladder over the side. The Navy conversion included small depth charge racks on the stern.
    National Archives photo 19-N-42502
    Robert Hurst, courtesy
    589k YAG-7, moored at the Tampa city docks, 28 March 1946. She had just been sold to Hamilton Brothers of Tampa for conversion to a banana boat.
    Photo from Tampa Tribune, 29 March 1946.
    Dave Wright
    Postwar Commercial Service
    678k Susan J. Hamilton moored at Tampa, shortly after her sale to Honduran owners.
    Photo from Tampa Times, 13 February 1947.
    David Wright
    654k Undated photo of Insco Trader moored at Tampa, date unknown. The description of her as a former "Danish royal yacht" is just a bit inaccurate.
    Photo from Tampa Tribune, 31 December 1954.
    David Wright

    There is no DANFS history available for YAG-7 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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