Open Lighters (YC) Built or Acquired During WWII

Most recent update: May 18, 2011.


Over the years, the Navy has built or acquired 1,685 open cargo lighters: the table below lists the 671 which were built or acquired during 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 695 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 140 200 1939    
YC 696 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 170 1939    
YC 697 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1940   Ex-YF 379
YC 698 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1940   Ex-YF 389
YC 699 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1940    
YC 700 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1940    
YC 701 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1940   Later YR 23
YC 702 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 703  Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 704 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 705  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 706 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 707 Puget Sound B & D Seattle WA 110 170 1941   Later YOS 28
YC 708 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941   Later YD 76, scrapped 1975
YC 709  Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941   Later YFT 2
YC 710  Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 711 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 712  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 713  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 714     92 100 1941   Lost 1942
YC 715     92 100 1941   Lost 1942
YC 716     92 100 1941   Lost 1942
YC 717     92 55 1941   Lost 1941
YC 718     92 55 1941   Lost 1941
YC 719 Guam NS Guam 92 55 1941   Lost 1941
YC 720 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 721 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 722 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 723 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 724 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 725 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 726 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 727 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 728 Dravo Corp. Wilmington DE 110 170 1941    
YC 729 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 92 75 1941    
YC 730 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 92 75 1941    
YC 731 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 92 75 1941    
YC 732 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 92 75 1941   Ex-YNG 33, ex-YC 732, to MARAD 1948
YC 733 JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 734 JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 735 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 736 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 737 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 738 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 96 75 1941    
YC 739 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 96 75 1941    
YC 740 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 96 75 1941   Later YOS 29
YC 741 L. F. Alexander New Orleans LA 96 75 1941    
YC 742 JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 743 JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 744  JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 745 Pacific C & F Seattle WA 110 170 1941    
YC 746  Pacific C & F Seattle WA 110 170 1941    
YC 747              
YC 748 Lipscomb & Barclay   50 20 1941   Equipment 1948
YC 749 JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 750  JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 751 JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 752  JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 753 JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941   Later YFT 1
YC 754  JK Welding Brooklyn NY 110 170 1941    
YC 755 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 756  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 757  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1941    
YC 758     92 75 1919 1941 Ex-Ches. Lighterage No. 30, to MARAD 1947
YC 759 Russell BW Boston MA 110 170 1941    
YC 760  Russell BW Boston MA 110 170 1941    
YC 761 Russell BW Boston MA 110 170 1941    
YC 762  Russell BW Boston MA 110 170 1941    
YC 763  Russell BW Boston MA 110 170 1941    
YC 764  Russell BW Boston MA 110 170 1941    
YC 765             Later YNG 40
YC 766             Later YNG 41
YC 767 Eureka SB Newburgh NY 110 170 1942    
YC 768 Eureka SB Newburgh NY 110 170 1942    
YC 769  Eureka SB Newburgh NY 110 170 1942    
YC 770 Eureka SB Newburgh NY 110 170 1942    
YC 771 Am. Elec. Welding Baltimore MD 110 170 1942    
YC 772  Am. Elec. Welding Baltimore MD 110 170 1942    
YC 773  Am. Elec. Welding Baltimore MD 110 170 1942    
YC 774 Am. Elec. Welding Baltimore MD 110 170 1942    
YC 775  Am. Elec. Welding Baltimore MD 110 170 1942    
YC 776  Am. Elec. Welding Baltimore MD 110 170 1942    
YC 777 Bushnel-Lyons Tampa FL 110 170 1942    
YC 778 Bushnel-Lyons Tampa FL 110 170 1942    
YC 779 Bushnel-Lyons Tampa FL 110 170 1942    
YC 780 Bushnel-Lyons Tampa FL 110 170 1942    
YC 781  Bushnel-Lyons Tampa FL 110 170 1942    
YC 782 Bushnel-Lyons Tampa FL 110 170 1942    
YC 783  Gulf Coast Towing Slidell LA 110 170 1942    
YC 784 Gulf Coast Towing Slidell LA 110 170 1942    
YC 785 Gulf Coast Towing Slidell LA 110 170 1942    
YC 786 Gulf Coast Towing Slidell LA 110 170 1942    
YC 787  Gulf Coast Towing Slidell LA 110 170 1942    
YC 788 American Concrete   110 170 1942   Lost 1946
YC 789  American Concrete   110 170 1942    
YC 790 American Concrete   110 170 1942    
YC 791  American Concrete   110 170 1942    
YC 792 Eureka SB Newburgh NY 110 100 1942   Later YF 1151
YC 793 Aetna I & S Jacksonville FL 110 100 1942    
YC 794  Aetna I & S Jacksonville FL 110 100 1942   Later YPK 8
YC 795 Aetna I & S Jacksonville FL 110 100 1942   Later YD 178
YC 796 Aetna I & S Jacksonville FL 110 100 1942    
YC 797      110 100 1942    
YC 798     110 100 1942    
YC 799  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942    
YC 800  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942    
YC 801  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942    
YC 802  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942    
YC 803  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942   Sold as KRS 110-14, active
YC 804  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942   Active at NS Everett
YC 805  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942   Later YF 1153, sold as Olive Oil, now Ediz Hook
YC 806  Pacific C & F Renton WA 110 100 1942    
YC 807  Nelson Boiler Tacoma Wa 110 100 1942    
YC 808 Nelson Boiler Tacoma Wa 110 100 1942    
YC 809 General Constn. Seattle WA 92 55 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 810 General Constn. Seattle WA         Cancelled
YC 811 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 145 1942   Destroyed 1947
YC 812 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 145 1942    
YC 813 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 145 1942   Ex-YF 334
YC 814  Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   Equipment 1948
YC 815 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   Equipment 1948
YC 816 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   Equipment 1948
YC 817 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   Equipment 1948
YC 818             Cancelled
YC 819             Cancelled
YC 820 American Concrete   110 170 1942   Later YPD 32
YC 821  American Concrete   110 170 1942    
YC 822 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1942    
YC 823  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1942    
YC 824  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1942    
YC 825  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1942    
YC 826  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1942    
YC 827 Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1942    
YC 828  Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA 110 170 1942    
YC 829  Independent IW Oakland CA 110 170 1942    
YC 830  Independent IW Oakland CA 110 170 1942    
YC 831  Independent IW Oakland CA 110 170 1942    
YC 832  Independent IW Oakland CA 110 170 1942    
YC 833  Independent IW Oakland CA 110 170 1942    
YC 834 Independent IW Oakland CA 110 170 1942    
YC 835             Cancelled
YC 836 Olson & Winge Seattle WA 110 138 1942    
YC 837 Olson & Winge Seattle WA 110 138 1942   Lost 1946
YC 838 Olson & Winge Seattle WA 110 138 1942    
YC 839 Olson & Winge Seattle WA 110 138 1942    
YC 840 Olson & Winge Seattle WA 110 138 1942    
YC 841 Olson & Winge Seattle WA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 842 Olson & Winge Seattle WA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 843 Martha's Vineyard SB Martha's Vineyard MA 110 138 1942    
YC 844 Martha's Vineyard SB Martha's Vineyard MA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 845 Martha's Vineyard SB Martha's Vineyard MA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 846 Martha's Vineyard SB Martha's Vineyard MA 110 138 1942    
YC 847 Martha's Vineyard SB Martha's Vineyard MA 110 138 1942    
YC 848 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942    
YC 849 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942    
YC 850 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942    
YC 851 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942    
YC 852 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942    
YC 853 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942   Sold 1948
YC 854 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942   Sold 1948
YC 855 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942    
YC 856 Island Dock Kingston NY 110 138 1942    
YC 857     110 138 1942   Lost 1947
YC 858 City Lumber Bridgeport CT 110 138 1942    
YC 859 City Lumber Bridgeport CT 110 138 1942    
YC 860 City Lumber Bridgeport CT 110 138 1942   Later YF 676
YC 861 City Lumber Bridgeport CT 110 138 1942   Later YF 677
YC 862 City Lumber Bridgeport CT 110 138 1942   Later YF 678
YC 863 City Lumber Bridgeport CT 110 138 1942    
YC 864 City Lumber Bridgeport CT 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 865 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942    
YC 866 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942    
YC 867 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942    
YC 868 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942    
YC 869 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942   Lost 1945
YC 870 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942    
YC 871 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 872 Pacific Boat Tacoma Wa 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 873 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 874 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 875 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 876 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 877 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 878 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 879 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 880 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 881 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   Destroyed 1947
YC 882 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   Destroyed 1947
YC 883 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   Destroyed 1947
YC 884     62 75 1932 1942 Ex-Lancaster Barge
YC 885     125 120 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 886     125 120 1942   Lost 1943
YC 887     125 120 1942   Lost 1943
YC 888     125 120 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 889     125 120 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 890     125 120 1942   Destroyed 1949
YC 891     125 120 1942   Lost 1943
YC 892     125 120 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 893     125 120 1942    
YC 894     125 120 1942    
YC 895     125 120 1942    
YC 896     125 120 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 897     125 120 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 898     125 120 1942   Lost 1943
YC 899     125 120 1942   Lost 1943
YC 900     125 120 1942    
YC 901     125 120 1942    
YC 902     125 120 1942   Disposed of 1946
YC 903     125 120 1942   Disposed of 1946
YC 904 Northwestern SB Green Bay WI 90 100 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 905 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 906 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   Equipment 1947
YC 907 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   Equipment 1947
YC 908 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   Ex-YSD 4, later YNG 36
YC 909 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 55 31 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 910     62     1942 Ex-Lancaster Barge
YC 911 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   Lost 1946
YC 912 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   Lost 1945
YC 913 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942    
YC 914 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942    
YC 915 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 916 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 917 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 918 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 919 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 920 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 921 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 922 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 923 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 924 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 925 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 926 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 927 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942    
YC 928 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 929 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 930 Portland SB Portland OR 110 138 1942   To MARAD 1947
YC 931 Sacramento SB Sacramento CA