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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Seaplane Wrecking Derrick:
  • Built by New Orleans Naval Station, New Orleans, LA
  • Completed as the steel-hulled catamaran Seaplane Wrecking Derrick YSD-2, 1920
  • Allocated to the 8th Naval District, at NAS Pensacola, FL, 1920 - 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • To War Shipping Administration for disposal, 27 August 1947
  • Sold to Kellogg-Graves Lumber Co., Alexandria, LA as workboat Y S D 2 (ON 255592), 1947
  • Sold to Herbert F. Frederick, Covington, LA, 1962
  • Final disposition, out of documentation 1976
    Displacement unknown
    Length 76'
    Beam 40'
    Draft unknown
    Lifting Capacity 5 tons
    two gasoline engines
    two propellers, 90shp
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    115k YSD-1 (top) and YSD-2 (bottom) work to raise USS Allegheny (AT-19) at NAS Pensacola, July 1922. The tug had been holed and sunk after being struck by the propeller of the collier USS Orion (AC-11). Note the two Eagle class patrol boats moored in the background.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo 1989.119.001.017
    Mike Green
    809k YSD-2 underway to assist a crashed plane. The original caption reads "The high-speed rescue crane 'MARY ANN' getting into position to salvage a downed aircraft. United States Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, 1924."
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 72944
    David Upton
    631k YSD-2 ashore on the slipway of the Pensacola Shipyard, September 1926. The Navy History and Heritage Command caption incorrectly identifies this photograph as an image of NAS Pensacola; it is not. Note the large derrick crane on tracks next to YSD-2, identifying the location as the shipyard located on Bayou Chico near downtown Pensacola. Bayou Chico was used as a safe harbor during hurricanes, and the wrecking derrick was placed here prior to the Miami Hurricane of 1926. The waters rose high enough to "dry out" YSD-2 onto the slipway.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 100477
    David Upton
    801k YSD-2 visible moored behind drying laundry in NAS Pensacola's Wet Basin, August 1940.
    Photograph by George Strock, Life Magazine. TimeLife_image 115657497. For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton
    586k YSD-2 moored in NAS Pensacola Wet Basin, August 1940. The deckhouse has been modified with a tug-boat style wheelhouse (possibly from a decommissioned tug?). Note the flat-sided corners of the deckhouse, making the structure eight-sided, with the forward starboard side having a main hatch-door. Also note the aviation star beneath her name on the front of the wheelhouse.
    Photograph by George Strock, Life Magazine. TimeLife_image 115657253. For personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton

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