Open Lighters (YC) Built or Acquired Before WWII

Most recent update: January 8, 2012.


Over the years, the Navy has built or acquired 1,685 open cargo lighters: the table below lists the first 694, which were built or acquired before WWII.  When the designation was introduced in 1920, these barges were used for coal and YC signified a coal barge.  As the Navy's use of coal declined, YCs were used for anything that could be carried in an open lighter.  Many YCs were converted to other uses, sometimes more than once, and not all those links may be complete in these tables.  Relatively few YCs were acquired from the commercial world and one of the revelations of this table is the astonishing number that were built by naval shipyards.  Creating this table has also revealed the existence of a bunch of small shipyards that I had never previously come across.  Although almost every barge has been identified, there are still a few gaps in the data: in particular, it is not clear what happened to many of these barges at the end of WWII.  If anyone can fill a gap or correct an error, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Type # Shipbuilder Location Ft. Tons Built Acq'd. Disposition
YC 1   Baltimore MD 215     1898  
YC 2              
YC 3              
YC 4              
YC 5              
YC 6   Milton FL 105     1898  
YC 7              
YC 8              
YC 9              
YC 10              
YC 11              
YC 12              
YC 13              
YC 14              
YC 15 Pearl Harbor NS Honolulu HI 75   1898    
YC 16              
YC 17              
YC 18 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 75   1900    
YC 19 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 75   1900    
YC 20              
YC 21              
YC 22              
YC 23 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 106   1901    
YC 24 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 105   1901    
YC 25              
YC 26              
YC 27              
YC 28              
YC 29              
YC 30              
YC 31 El Varadero Cavite PI 48   1901    
YC 32 El Varadero Cavite PI 48   1901    
YC 33 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110   1900    
YC 34 El Varadero Cavite PI 85   1902    
YC 35              
YC 36              
YC 37 El Varadero Cavite PI 85   1902    
YC 38   Olympia WA 90   1902    
YC 39   Olympia WA 90   1902    
YC 40   Olympia WA 90   1902    
YC 41   Olympia WA 90   1902    
YC 42              
YC 43              
YC 44              
YC 45              
YC 46              
YC 47              
YC 48              
YC 49   Bangor ME 86 100 1902    
YC 50   Bangor ME 86 100 1902    
YC 51   Bangor ME 86 100 1902    
YC 52   Bangor ME 86 100 1902    
YC 53 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 86 100 1902    
YC 54 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 86 100 1902    
YC 55 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1902    
YC 56 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1902    
YC 57 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1902   Mooring float 1920
YC 58 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1902    
YC 59 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1902   Condemned but used for storage
YC 60 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1902    
YC 61              
YC 62              
YC 63              
YC 64              
YC 65 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 86 100 1902    
YC 66 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 86 100 1902    
YC 67 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 86 100 1902   Sold 1920
YC 68              
YC 69              
YC 70 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86 100 1902    
YC 71 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86 100 1902    
YC 72 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86 100 1902    
YC 73 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86 100 1902    
YC 74 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 108   1902    
YC 75              
YC 76 San Nicolas IW Manila PI 48   1903    
YC 77 San Nicolas IW Manila PI 48   1903    
YC 78 San Nicolas IW Manila PI 48   1903    
YC 79 Portsmouth NSY Kittery ME 108   1903    
YC 80 Portsmouth NSY Kittery ME 108   1903    
YC 81 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 108   1903    
YC 82 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 108   1903    
YC 83 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 86 100 1903    
YC 84 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 86 100 1903    
YC 85 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1903    
YC 86 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1903    
YC 87 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1903    
YC 88 Portsmouth NSY Kittery ME 108   1903    
YC 89 Portsmouth NSY Kittery ME 108   1903    
YC 90 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1930's
YC 91 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1930's
YC 92 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1930's
YC 93 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1930's
YC 94 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1930's
YC 95 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1930's
YC 96 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1904   Later YD 20, scrapped 1976
YC 97 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Sold 1922
YC 98 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1910's
YC 99 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Sold 1922
YC 100 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Sold 1923
YC 101 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Sold 1924
YC 102 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Discarded 1930's
YC 103 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Sold 1922
YC 104 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Sold 1924
YC 105 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 86 100 1903   Sold 1924
YC 106 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1903    
YC 107 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1903    
YC 108 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1903    
YC 109 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1903    
YC 110              
YC 111 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1904   Destroyed 1946
YC 112 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1904   Destroyed 1946
YC 113 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1904    
YC 114 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1904    
YC 115              
YC 116 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 45   1905    
YC 117 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 45   1905    
YC 118 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1905    
YC 119 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1905    
YC 120 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1905    
YC 121 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1905    
YC 122 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1904   Condemned 1920
YC 123 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 86 100 1904    
YC 124 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 86 100 1905    
YC 125 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1905    
YC 126              
YC 127 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1905    
YC 128 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1905    
YC 129 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1907    
YC 130 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1907    
YC 131 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1907   Destroyed 1945
YC 132 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1907    
YC 133              
YC 134              
YC 135 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1907    
YC 136 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1907    
YC 137 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1907    
YC 138 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 60   1907    
YC 139              
YC 140 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 60   1907   Condemned 1920
YC 141 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 60   1907    
YC 142 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 60   1907    
YC 143 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 60   1907   Condemned 1920
YC 144 Cavite NSY Cavite PI 110 170 1908   Scrapped 1920
YC 145 Cavite NSY Cavite PI 110 170 1908    
YC 146 Cavite NSY Cavite PI 110 170 1908    
YC 147 Cavite NSY Cavite PI 110 170 1908    
YC 148 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1908    
YC 149 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1908    
YC 150 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 65   1908    
YC 151 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908   Dismantled 1920
YC 152 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 153 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 154 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 155 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 156 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1907    
YC 157 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1907    
YC 158 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1907    
YC 159 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1907    
YC 160 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1907    
YC 161 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1907    
YC 162 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 163 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 164 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 165 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 166 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 167 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 168 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 169 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 170 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908    
YC 171 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908    
YC 172 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908    
YC 173 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908   Transferred 1949
YC 174 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 175 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908   Sunk 1919 but raised and repaired
YC 176 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 177 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 178 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908   Lost 1942
YC 179 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 180 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 181 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908   Lost 1942
YC 182 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 183 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 184 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 185 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 170 1908    
YC 186 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 187 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 188 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 189 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 190 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908    
YC 191 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908    
YC 192 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908    
YC 193 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1908    
YC 194 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1908    
YC 195 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1908    
YC 196 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1908    
YC 197 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1908    
YC 198 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 199 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 200 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908   Disposed of 1947
YC 201 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 202 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 203 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 204 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908   Disposed of 1947
YC 205 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908   Destroyed 1944
YC 206 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908    
YC 207 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1908   Lost 1947
YC 208 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908    
YC 209 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908    
YC 210 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908    
YC 211 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908    
YC 212 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908    
YC 213 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908    
YC 214 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1908    
YC 215 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 216 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 217 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 218 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 219 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 220 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908    
YC 221 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 222 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 223 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 224 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Destroyed 1921
YC 225 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 226 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1908   Sold 1920
YC 227 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 60   1908    
YC 228 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 60   1908    
YC 229 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 60   1908    
YC 230 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 60   1908   Sold 1923
YC 231 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1909   Sold 1921
YC 232 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1909    
YC 233 Pensacola NSY Pensacola FL 110 170 1909    
YC 234 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1909   Sold 1920
YC 235 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1909    
YC 236 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1909    
YC 237 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1909    
YC 238 Cavite NSY Cavite PI 110 170 1910    
YC 239 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1910    
YC 240 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1910   Condemned 1920
YC 241 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1910    
YC 242 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1910    
YC 243 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1910    
YC 244 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1910   Converted for use as storage 1920