|YW 54 at the Cavite Navy Yard, 24 March 1933, at the time it was completed and placed in service. (U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships Photograph, National Archives and Records Administration, Still Pictures Branch, College Park, Md.)|
(YW 54: capacity 75,000 gallons; length 110'8"; beam 30'8")
The non-self propelled steel water barge YW 54 — authorized on 1 February 1932 — was constructed at the Cavite (P.I.) Navy Yard. Completed on 24 March 1933, it was placed in service in the 16th Naval District immediately thereafter.
By 1941, YW 54 — $988.00 expended in its upkeep that year — was in required service daily. After war engulfed the Philippine Islands in December 1941, however, the district craft — earmarked for replacement in 1958 – was likewise swallowed up in the hostilities that descended so precipitously and disastrously on that American possession. YW 54 was stricken from the Navy list on 24 July 1942, written-off as “lost to enemy occupation of [the] Philippines.”
Robert J. Cressman