World War II U.S. Navy Vessels in Private Hands

The Boats and Ships Sold and Registered for Commercial and Recreational Purposes Under the American Flag

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About the Book

During World War II, the U.S. Navy swiftly expanded to include an array of vessels, from smaller yachts and fishing boats bought early in the war for patrol work to fast, modern commercial ships built to haul troops and supplies. After the Allied victory, this diverse fleet became unnecessary and the Navy sold many of its vessels. This comprehensive catalog documents the Navy ships and boats sold after the war and registered under the American flag for commercial or recreational purposes. Focusing on those vessels with names or clearly identifiable hull numbers and crew accommodations, it chronicles each craft’s prewar ownership, wartime history, and postwar fate. The product of painstaking detective work in a wide range of primary sources, this meticulous directory highlights an unexplored but illuminating aspect of U.S. maritime history.

About the Author(s)

Greg H. Williams served four years in the Navy, including duty on the converted Liberty ship USS Granville S. Hall (YAG–40). He was one of 27 volunteer crewmen who made the entire five month voyage from San Francisco to Europe on the Jeremiah O’Brien in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. He lives near Noti, Oregon.

Bibliographic Details

Greg H. Williams
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 364
Bibliographic Info: glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6645-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0040-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 3

• The Vessels •

AMh—Mine Sweeper, Harbor 11

APc—Small Transport, Coastal 12

AT—Ocean Tugs 18

LCI(L)—Landing Craft, Infantry, Large 23

LCS(L)—Landing Craft Support, Large 34

LCT—Landing Craft, Tank 36

LSM—Landing Ship, Medium 53

LST—Landing Ship, Tank 75

Named Craft 92

PC—Patrol Craft 199

PCE—Patrol Craft, Escort 204

PCS—Patrol Craft, Sweeper 207

PT—Patrol Torpedo 215

SC—Submarine Chaser 230

SC—Submarine Chaser, ­Canadian-­built 260

YAG—Miscellaneous Auxiliary 260

YDG—District Degaussing Vessel 262

YMS—Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper 262

YO—­Self-­Propelled Fuel Oil Barge 280

YOG—­Self-­Propelled Gasoline Barge 284

YOL—Coastal Tanker 286

YP—Yard Patrol 287

YW—­Self-­Propelled Water Barge 314

Glossary 315

Bibliography 319

Index 321

Book Reviews & Awards

“an impressive amount of tedious research”—ARBA; “it is a rare find among recently-published naval history books to have a book dealing with Second Word War U.S. Navy vessels that contributes something new to the existing body of knowledge. Without any doubt, Williams’ book belongs to this category and is, consequently, a welcome addition to any naval history bookshelf…recommended”—The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord; “an encyclopedic reference that you’ll keep on the shelf for reference whenever you need information on a particular vessel…recommended”—Nautical Research Journal; “Williams compiles an impressive amount of information…a valuable resource…a fascinating glimpse into the process of mobilization and demobilization during the World War II era and beyond. The sheer volume of vessels included is the most striking feature of the book”—H-Net Reviews; “Williams, gives details on the World War II US Navy ships and boats that were sold after the war and registered for commercial or recreational purposes”—Reference & Research Book News.