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USED Hell Gate (1922 - 1936)

Dredge (Self-propelled)
  • Built by Staten Island Shipbuilding, Port Richmond, NY (YN 728)
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed for US Army Engineer Department as dredge Hell Gate, July 1923
  • Purchased by the US Navy and placed in service as YM-15, June 1936
  • Towed from East Coast to Pearl Harbor by Sirius (AK-15), 04 May - 21 June 1937
  • Allocated to the Fourteenth Naval District, 1937 - 1947
  • Towed by Sirius from Pearl to Midway, September 1938
  • Worked dredging Midway's lagoon, 1938 - 1940
  • Placed out of service, 23 May 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • To WAA (War Assets Administration) for disposal, 18 May 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1800 tons
    Length 140' 0"
    Beam 48' 0"
    Draft 15' 0"
    Propulsion system unknown
    Description steam powered, 500 hp, 8 cubic-yard dipper; 65 foot boom; fitted with crew's quarters

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    YM-15 70k Hell Gate in New York harbor, 1930. Dave Wright
    YM-15 37k YM-15 in New York harbor, awaiting her long voyage to the Pacific, 1937. Her dredge boom has been dismantled and her sides have been reinforced with temporary baulks of timber.
    US Navy photo
    Dave Wright
    YM-15 589k YM-15 at Pearl Harbor, shortly before her departure for Midway, 01 September 1938. Note she retained her Army nameboards, though this is not reflected in official Navy records.
    Photo from Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 01 September 1938.
    Dave Wright

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