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Teaberry

 

Any of several American evergreen plants which bear white, bell-shaped flowers and spicy red berries. During the American Revolution, its small round leaves were dried and used as a substitute for tea. The plant is also called checkerberry and wintergreen.

 

(YN-29: dp. 700; 1. 163'2"; b. 30'6"; dr. 11'8"; s. 12.5 k.; cpl. 48; a. 1 3"; cl. Aloe)

 

Teaberry (YN-29) was laid down on 25 October 1940 by the John H. Mathias Co., Camden, N.J.; launched on 24 May 1941; sponsored by Miss Mary C. Howard; and placed in service on 16 March 1942.

 

Teaberry operated in the 1st Naval District out of Boston until February 1943 when she shifted to the 7th Naval District at Miami. Late in March, she was ordered to Trinidad and operated from there until 8 March 1944 when she steamed to Charleston, S.C., to prepare for service in the South Pacific.

 

In May, Teaberry sailed for New Guinea via Miami, Guantanamo Bay, the Panama Canal, Bora Bora, and New Caledonia. Upon arrival at Milne Bay on 22 July, she provided services to units of the 7th Fleet and operated out of that port, Langemak, and Hollandia, until ordered to the Philippine Islands early in 1945. The net layer served there until 4 June 1946 when she headed for Hawaii.

 

Teaberry arrived at Pearl Harbor on 9 July and, on the 14th, proceeded to the west coast. The ship was at San Francisco from 24 July to 9 October when she was assigned to the 19th Reserve Fleet at Astoria, Oreg. She was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 14 December 1946.

 

Teaberry was recommissioned at Astoria on 19 April 1952 and assigned to the 12th Naval District with San Francisco designated as her home port. She arrived there on 13 May and served in the 12th Naval District until July 1961, rendering such services to the fleet as: training students in net and boom defense techniques; working with the Research and Development Division of the Naval Net Depot, Tiburon, Calif.; and participating in mine planting and recovery exercises. By August 1953, the ship had been equipped as a "diving-type vessel;" and she assisted the Submarine Force, United States Pacific Fleet, in submarine rescue, surface and aerial torpedo recovery, and submarine communications.

 

Teaberry was again decommissioned on 7 July 1961 and struck from the Navy list on 1 August 1961. On 12 January 1962, Teaberry was sold to the Pacific Towboat and Salvage Co., for scrap.