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Shady Side (YFB-2079)
Shady Side (SP-2079) (1918 - 1920)

  • Built by Osborn Boat Works, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
  • Completed as passenger steamer Shady Side (ON 211757), 1913
  • Purchased by Navy and designated SP-2079, 19 February 1918
  • Designated Yard Ferryboat (YFB-2079), 17 July 1920
  • Assigned as ferry between Naval Academy, Annapolis and the Naval Engineering Experiment Station (now Severn River Naval Complex)
  • Foundered after developing leaks in storm, 16 March 1925
  • Raised next day, declared unfit for further service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 09 May 1925
  • Sold to William Mattson, Baltimore, MD, 24 September 1925
  • Rebuilt, dieselized and sold to Edenton Mackeys Ferry Co., Edenton, NC, name retained, 1926
  • Final disposition, burned at Fairfield, NC, 08 January 1931
    Displacement 61 gross tons
    Length 85' 0"
    Beam 20' 0"
    Draft 5' 5"
    Speed 7.9 knots
    Complement 3
    Armament none
    vertical compound steam engine, 250hp
    one shaft

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    Shady Side
    225k Shady Side at Annapolis, Maryland, about 1917, before entering naval service.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 72846
    Mike Green

    View the Shady Side (SP 2079)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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