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(YAG-13: dp. 195; l. 163'7"; b. 20'; dr. 9'; a. none)

A former name retained.

Palace, a steel hulled steam passenger vessel, was built in 1899 by the Delaware River SB & Eng. Works, Chester, Pa.; acquired on bare boat charter 23 March 1942 from William B. Baletti of Weehawken, N.J.; classified as PYc-33 on 8 April but returned to her owner 18 May 1942. Reacquired 7 August and reclassified YAG-13 on 13 August 1942; placed in service without a name as YAG-13 on 14 December 1942; and commissioned 12 April 1943.

On 18 August 1942, YAG-13 was assigned to Commander-in-Chief Atlantic for duty with the Sound School at Key West. She served the training command until transferred to Service Squadron 1 on 1 October 1943.

YAG-13 operated out of Key West, Fla., providing services as a miscellaneous auxiliary until reassigned to the 5th Naval District.

She reported to Charleston, S.C. on 5 May 1944 for duty in a temporary status and for further assignment, to Norfolk, Va., for inactivation. Arriving Norfolk on 1 June 1944, she decommissioned 6 June 1944 and was berthed at Little Creek, Va. to await disposition. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 June 1944.

On 9 September 1944, YAG-13 was used as a radar target vessel and sunk by Vicksburg (CL-86).

Published: Tue Aug 18 11:41:30 EDT 2015