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USAV City of San Rafael (FS-542)

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

Freight-Supply Vessel
  • Built in 1924 by James Robertson, Alameda, CA. as the sidewheel wooden ferry City of San Rafael for the Richmond and San Rafael Ferry & Transportation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, in 1924
  • City of San Rafael provided passenger and automobile ferry service between Richmond and San Rafael
  • City of San Rafael was laid up at Richmond in 1938
  • In 1942 she broke loose from her moorings and drifted in San Pablo Bay until grounding near Richmond, declared a total lose
  • In 1943 the U.S. Army acquired the City of San Rafael and rebuilt her
  • Retired from Army service, date unknown
  • Put to work on the Martinez/Benicia line, date unknown
  • Retired in 1956 with closure of the ferry service between the two cities
  • Sold in 1957 to a private party with plans to turn her into a restaurant, near completed, used as a residence for several years
  • Final Disposition, in 1980 condemned as a fire hazard and dismantled
    Displacement 484 gross tons
    Length 172'
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13'
    Speed unknown
    Freight Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one 650hp reciprocating steam engine
    two sidewheels

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    63k Post Card of the City of San Rafael underway.
    John Spivey

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