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US Army Dredge Merritt

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

YSD-11 Class Seaplane Wrecking Derrick:
  • Built by Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
  • Laid down, 05 June 1943
  • Launched, 31 July 1943
  • Completed as the steel-hull Seaplane Wrecking Derrick YSD-59, 03 January 1944
  • Allocated to the Sixth Naval District
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Army, renamed Merritt, 18 August 1960
  • Converted to dredge, 1964
  • Final disposition, active
    Displacement 220 tons (lt) 270 tons (fl)
    Length 104' 0"
    Beam 31' 2"
    Draft 4' 0"
    Speed 10 knots
    one American Hoist & Derrick model 685 rotating crane
    boom 54 ft.
    lifting capacity 10 tons
    powered by a 6-cylinder Cummins Diesel
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 15
    Ship's Service Generators
    one 30Kw Diesel Generator set
    one 20Kw Diesel Generator set
    two Superior model MRDB-8 200 HP Diesel engines
    two propellers, 640shp

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    US Army M/V Merritt
    303k Merritt clears shoals from the federal channel at Rodanthe after Hurricane Irene hit coastal North Carolina in late August 2011.
    USACE photo by Hank Heusinkveld
    Stan Svec
    507k Three views of Army dredge Merritt arriving at the Memphis District's Ensley Engineer Yard for a major refit to extend her service life, 02 November 2017.
    Defense Department photos 171102-A-YI354-004, 171102-A-YI354-003 and 171102-A-YI354-002
    Dave Wright
    203k Merritt underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo by John Skelson via
    John Spivey

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