Kodiak Queen

British Virgin Island,Caribbean

USS YO-44 was laid down as a fuel barge at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California in 1940 for the US Navy, She was in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in December 1941, but survived together with four other ships. In the the late 1950s she was stricken from US Navy lists, and in 1961 she was registered as a civilian fishing vessel with the name Vardshow, then followed by Golbal Queen. After years being laid up she was rigged down and prepared to be sunk as an artificial reef in Long Bay outside Tortula. Named Kodiak Queen she was scuttled in April 2017. The wreck rest today on a depth of 18 meter.

Former names:
Kodiak Queen
USS YO-44,Vardshow,
Global Queen
154,8 x 29,0 x ? f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1015 displ
Vallejo ( US )1940
(VG )

18 29.871 N, 64 24.852 W
( Source: Fishing Diving Spots )

Picture: USS YO-44 in the 1940s
Courtesy of Navsource & Daryl Baker

Last updated: February 2019