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Asquith

 

An island off Maryland's Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake Bay.

 

(YFB-42: t. 569 (gross); l. 172'3"; b. 42'0"; dr. 9'6")

 

Gotham—a ferryboat constructed in 1941 at Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., by the Jacobson Shipyard—was purchased by the Navy at New York City from Electric Ferries, Inc., of that city of 19 December 1942; renamed Asquith; designated YFB-42; and was placed in service that same day. Assigned to ferry duty in the 1st Naval District, she arrived at her duty station—Newport, R.I.—on 6 January 1943. For the remainder of World War II and for two years, thereafter, she served as a ferry at the Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I. She was placed out of service sometime in September 1947 and was turned over to the Maritime Commission for disposal. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 29 September 1947.