Kodiak Queen

British Virgin Island,Caribbean

USS YO-44 was laid down as a self propelled fuel barge at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California in April1940, and was launched five months later. She was commissioned in April 1941 and was in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked 7. December 1941. She survived Second World War unharmed, and earned herself on battle star for her service in the war. In the late 1950's she was stricken from US Navy lists. She changed names and owners a couple of times, and extensively used as a fishing vessel before she ended being laid up at St. Johns. After years of in-activity 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 approximately 18 meters.

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 1940's
Courtesy of Navsource & Daryl Baker

Last updated: October 2018