Freight Barges (YF, YFN) and Refrigerated Freight Barges (YFR, YFRN) Built or Acquired Before WWII

Most recent update: January 8, 2012.


Over the years, the Navy has built or acquired 1,289 freight barges: the table below lists the 256 that were built or acquired before WWII.  In theory, the YFs and YFRs were self-propelled, while the YFNs and YFRNs were not, but, in practice, there are many that carry the wrong designation.  The YFRTs (range tenders) are included here because they have numbers in the YF series, rather than in a series of their own.   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
YF 1     83     1898  
YF 2 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 80 90 1898   Sold 1945
YF 3 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 32   1898    
YF 4 Cavite NS Cavite PI 63     1898 Captured
YF 5 Cavite NS Cavite PI 85     1898 Captured
YF 6 Cavite NS Cavite PI 80     1898 Captured
YF 7 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 96   1901    
YF 8 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 86   1902    
YF 9 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 40   1902    
YF 10 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 50   1903    
YF 11 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 50   1903    
YF 12 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 86   1904    
YF 13 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 45   1905    
YF 14 Guantanamo NS Guantanamo CU 40   1906    
YF 15 Guantanamo NS Guantanamo CU 40   1906    
YF 16 New Orleans NS New Orlens LA 50   1906    
YF 17   Hong Kong 102   1906    
YF 18     91   1906    
YF 19     89   1906    
YF 20 Cavite NS Cavite PI 60   1907    
YF 21 Cavite NS Cavite PI 60   1907    
YF 22 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 60   1908    
YF 23 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 60   1908   Lost
YF 24 Cavite NS Cavite PI 60   1908    
YF 25 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 50   1908    
YF 26 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 50   1908    
YF 27 Guam NS Guam 49   1910    
YF 28 Cavite NS Cavite PI 110   1910    
YF 29 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 60   1910   Sold 1921
YF 30 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 60   1910   Sold 1921
YF 31 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 36   1911    
YF 32 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 36   1911    
YF 33              
YF 34 Cavite NS Cavite PI 50   1908    
YF 35 Cavite NS Cavite PI 50   1908    
YF 36 J. G. White & Co. Cavite PI 50        
YF 37 Cavite NS Cavite PI 50        
YF 38   Hong Kong 102   1906    
YF 39              
YF 40              
YF 41 Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA 110 138 1906    
YF 42     45        
YF 43     45        
YF 44              
YFN 45 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 90 120 1914   To MARAD 1947
YFN 46 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 90 120 1914   To MARAD 1947
YFN 47 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 90 120 1914   To MARAD 1947
YFN 48     110 138     Ex-YC 119
YF 49 Portsmouth NSY Kittery ME 115 225 1916   To MARAD 1947
YF 50 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 36   1915    
YF 51 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 36   1915    
YF 52 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 60   1915    
YF 53   Norfolk VA 110 138 1908   Ex-YC 210, sold 1941
YF 54   Norfolk VA 110 310 1915   Ex-YA 44, to MARAD 1947
YF 55   Norfolk VA 30     1916 Ex-ferry St. Helena
YF 56   Norfolk VA 110 310 1914   Ex-YA 43, to MARAD 1947
YF 57             Lost 1921
YF 58 W. E. Thomas & Co. Norfolk VA 128   1917    
YF 59     100   1917    
YF 60     110   1917    
YF 61 W. E. Thomas & Co. Norfolk VA 110   1917    
YF 62              
YF 63 Union SB & DD Port Jefferson NY 110   1918    
YFN 64 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,552 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 4, scrapped 1938
YFN 65 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,565 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 5, struck 1929
YFN 66 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,388 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 6, scrapped 1929
YFN 67 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,389 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 7, sold 1924
YFN 68 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,435 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 8, sold 1921
YFN 69 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,382 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 9, sold 1922
YFN 70   Norfolk VA         Ex-YC 326
YFN 71   Norfolk VA         Ex-YC 327
YFN 72 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,580 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 10, later YD 36, sold 1923
YFN 73 Carpenter-Watkins Brunswick GA 85 2,390 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter Barge No. 11, scrapped 1938
YFN 74   Norfolk VA         Ex-YC 331
YFN 75   Norfolk VA         Ex-YC 332
YFN 76   Norfolk VA         Ex-YC 333
YFN 77 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 110 138 1918   Later YR 11, sold 1935
YFN 78 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 110 138 1918   Sold 1923
YFN 79 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 110 138 1918    
YFN 80 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 110 138 1918    
YFN 81 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 110 138 1918    
YFN 82 Boston NSY Charlestown MA 110 138 1918    
YFN 83   Norfolk VA 110 138     Ex-YC 351
YFN 84   Norfolk VA 110 138     Ex-YC 352, destroyed 1943
YFN 85   Norfolk VA 110 138     Ex-YC 353
YFN 86   Cavite PI 110 138     Ex-YC 174, lost 1942
YFN 87 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 75 65 1918   Ex-YC 446, to MARAD 1947
YFN 88 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 138 1918   Ex-YC 363, to MARAD 1947
YFN 89 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 138 1918   Ex-YC 364, to MARAD 1947
YFN 90   Norfolk VA 110 138     Ex-YC 328
YFN 91   Norfolk VA 110 138     Ex-YC 329
YFN 92 Harry Cossey Tottenville NY 100 2,604 1918 1918 Ex-Moran No. 66, to MARAD 1947
YFN 93 Harry Cossey Tottenville NY 100 2,678 1918 1918 Ex-Moran No. 70, to MARAD 1947
YFN 94 Harry Cossey Tottenville NY 100 2,986 1918 1918 Ex-Moran No. 72, to MARAD 1947
YFN 95 Harry Cossey Tottenville NY 100 3,030 1918 1918 Ex-Moran No. 76, to MARAD 1947
YFN 96 Harry Cossey Tottenville NY 100 3,168 1918 1918 Ex-Moran No. 84, to MARAD 1947
YFN 97       2,912 1909 1918 Ex-Success, sold 1920
YFN 98 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918   To MARAD 1947
YFN 99 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 100 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 101 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 102 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 103 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 104 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 105 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 106 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 107 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 108 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918   Sold 1921
YFN 109 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 138 1918    
YFN 110 Ira S. Bushey Brooklyn NY 110 2,912 1918 1918 Ex-Lighter No. -, sold 1920
YFN 111     80     1918 Ex-YC 412
YFN 112     113 3,303 1916 1918 Ex-McMath, sold 1933
YFN 113     113 3,287 1916 1918 Ex-Pee Jee, sold 1923
YFN 114     162 3,304 1916 1918 Ex-Porter, sold 1922
YFN 115       3,285   1918 Ex-Kerrigan
YFN 116 Richard Rodermond Brooklyn NY 100 765 1915 1918 Ex-Fashion, sold 1922
YFN 117 Palmer & Son, Robert Noank CT 105 2,172 1898 1918 Ex-Gordon, later YR 12, sold 1929
YFN 118 Weehawken DD Co. Weehawken NJ 95 3,647 1917 1918 Ex-Frederock L. Robbins, sold 1926
YFN 119       2,337 1909 1918 Ex-Gillen Brothers
YFN 120       1,184 1906 1918 Ex-Grayce
YFN 121 F. A. Verdon W. New Brighton NY 91 2,741 1914 1918 Ex-James Logan, sold 1927
YFN 122       1,185 1910 1918 Ex-Sterling, sold 1919
YFN 123   Athens NY 85 2,763 1901 1918 Ex-Commerce, sold 1923
YFN 124       1,444 1913 1918 Ex-Helen Auten
YFN 125       1,740 1912 1918 Ex-John F. Bresnahan
YFN 126       3,059 1904 1918 Ex-Catherine
YFN 127       1,435 1884 1918 Ex-City of Yonkers
YFN 128       2,402 1896 1918 Ex-Portland
YFN 129         1884 1918 Ex-Eaglet, sold 1919
  130              
YFN 131 Herreshoff Mfg. Bristol RI 58   1918   Ex-YV 26
  132              
YFN 133 Robert Jacob City Island NY 58   1918   Ex-YV 31
  134              
YFN 135 Robert Jacob City Island NY 58   1918   Ex-YV 34
  136              
YFN 137 B. F. Wood City Island NY 58   1918   Ex-YV 52
YFN 138 B. F. Wood City Island NY 58   1918   Ex-YV 53
YFN 139 Luders Marine Stamford CT 58   1918   Ex-YV 60
YFN 140   Guam 54   1914    
YFN 141   Guam 54   1914    
YF 142             Scrapped 1921
YF 143             Scrapped 1921
YFN 144   Guam 45   1914   Ex-Sampan No. 3
YFN 145   Guam 45   1914   Ex-Sampan No. 4
YFN 146   Guam 45   1914   Ex-Sampan No. 5
YFN 147   Guam 45   1914   Ex-Sampan No. 6
YFN 148     86 3,373 1918 1918 Ex-Dupont Barge No. 6
YF 149 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86   1917    
YF 150 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86   1917    
YF 151 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86   1917    
YF 152 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 86   1917    
YFN 153 Pearl Harbor NSY Honolulu HI 45   1917   Ex-Marine Lighter No. 1
YFN 154     45       Ex-Marine Corps
YFN 155 American C & F Wilmington DE 107 3,749 1890 1917 Ex-Barge Seven, sold 1923
YF 156     80     1919 Ex-Indian Head, sold 1924
YF 157     84     1919 Ex-Monarch
YF 158     84     1919 Ex-Fearless, scrapped 1930
YFN 159   Norfolk VA 50   1911 1919 Ex-Sand Scow No. 3
YF 160       3,740 1902 1919 Ex-Surprise, sold 1921
YF 161     110   1913 1919 Ex-Edith B, Catherine Johnson, sold 1922
YFN 162     110       Ex-YC 179
YFN 163     74     1919 Ex-Derrick Lighter No. 5
YFN 164     74     1919 Ex-Well Lighter No. 2
YFN 165     30     1919 Ex-Cargo Lighter No. 3
YFN 166     56     1919 Ex-Cargo Lighter No. 4
YFN 167     56     1919 Ex-Cargo Lighter No. 6
YF 168     74     1919 Scrapped 1920
YF 169              
YF 170     68     1919 Ex-Boo Boo
YF 171           1919 Sold 1921
YFN 172     31     1919 Ex-Sand Scow No. 4
YFN 173     58     1919 Ex-Sand Scow No. 1
YFN 174     56     1919 Ex-Sand Scow No. 2
YFN 175     30     1919 Ex-Sand Scow No. 3
YF 176 A. C. Brown Tottenville NY 141     1919 Ex-Apache, ex-Aspinet
YF 177 Cavite NS Cavite PI 110 138 1919   Lost 1942
YF 178 Cavite NS Cavite PI 110 138 1919   Lost 1942
YF 179 Cavite NS Cavite PI 110 138 1919   Lost 1942
YF 180 Cavite NS Cavite PI 110 138 1919   Lost 1942
YF 181 Cavite NS Cavite PI 110 138 1919   Lost 1942
YFN 182     35       Ex-YS 72
YFN 183     35       Ex-YS 73
YFN 184     35       Ex-YS 75
  185              
YFN 186 Imperial SB Detroit MI 110 170 1918   Ex-YC 480
YFN 187   Norfolk VA 110 170 1915   Ex-YC 303, to MARAD 1948
  188              
  189              
  190              
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  195              
YFN 196       2,635  1914 1918 Ex-Derrick Barge No. 70, YD 37, sold 1931
YFN 197 Kingston DD Kingston NY 125 2,729   1904 1918 Ex-Derrick Barge No. 62, YD 39, sold 1931
YFN 198 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 138 1918   Ex-YC 239
YFN 199 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 138 1918   Ex-YC 383
YFN 200 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 138 1918   Ex-YC 384
YFN 201 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 138 1918   Ex-YC 246
  202              
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  204              
  205              
  206              
  207              
YFN 208     110 170 1913   Ex-YC 275, to MARAD 1948
YFN 209     110 170 1913   Ex-YC 276
  210              
YFN 211 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 138 1908   Ex-YC 203
YF 212     20 70 1930   Lost 1942
  213              
YFN 214 Tutuila NS Tutuila AS 60 55 1932   Disposed of 1947
YFN 215 Tutuila NS Tutuila AS 60 55 1932   Disposed of 1947
  216              
YFN 217 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 110 170 1917   Ex-YC 321, to MARAD 1948
YFN 218 Leonard Construction Chicago IL 110 170 1918   Ex-YC 467, to MARAD 1948
  219              
YFN 220 Union SB & DD Portsmouth VA 110 138 1919   Ex-YC 504, sold 1947
YF 221 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 110 310 1933   Now fishing vessel Rondys
  222              
YF 223     50 40 1931   Lost 1942
YF 224     50 40 1931   Lost 1942
YFN 225 Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 110 170 1914   Ex-YC 291, to MARAD 1948
YFN 226 Interlake Eng. Cleveland OH 110 170 1918   Ex-YC 488, to MARAD 1948
  227              
  228              
YFN 229 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 61 55 1901   Ex-YE 4, to MARAD 1948
YFN 230     110 250 1907   Ex-YE 8, lost 1942
YFN 231 New York NSY Brooklyn NY 122 270 1905   Ex-YE 11, to MARAD 1948
YFN 232 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 90 120 1910   Ex-YE 15, to MARAD 1948
YFN 233 Puget Sound NSY Bremerton WA 90 120 1910   Ex-YE 16, to MARAD 1948
  234              
  235              
YFN 236 Interlake Eng. Cleveland OH 110 170 1918   Ex-YE 32, ex-YC 484, to MARAD 1948
YFN 237 Interlake Eng. Cleveland OH 110 170 1918   Ex-YE 33, ex-YC 485, to MARAD 1948
YFN 238   Philadelphia PA 110 170 1913   Ex-YE 34, ex-YC 292
YFN 239   Seattle WA 110 170 1913   Ex-YE 35, ex-YC 280, later YRB 14
YFN 240 Leonard Construction Chicago IL 110 170 1918   Ex-YE 36, ex-YC 468, destroyed 1945
YFN 241 Leonard Construction Chicago IL 110 170 1918   Ex-YE 37, ex-YC 469
YFN 242   Seattle WA 110 170 1913   Ex-YE 38, ex-YC 282
YFN 243 Cramp Shipbuilding Philadelphia PA 110 170 1913   Ex-YE 39, ex-YC 271, to MARAD 1948
YFN 244 Cramp Shipbuilding Philadelphia PA 110 170 1913   Ex-YC 273
YFN 245 Leonard Construction Chicago IL 110 170 1918   Ex-YC 462
YFN 246 Seattle Const. & DD Seattle WA 110 170 1913   Ex-YC 285, to MARAD 1948
YFN 247 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110 170 1915   Ex-YC 311, destroyed 1948
YFN 248 Seattle Const. & DD Seattle WA 110 170 1913   Ex-YC 278, to MARAD 1948
YFN 249 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 110