Ferry History 1907-
Historic Registration and description
Historic Designation Diagrams
Historic Regitration acceptance letter
Navy Participation documentation
Built in 1907 as Dida by Nealle, Levy & Co., Philadelphia, PA
for the Casco Bay and Harpswell Line of Portland, ME
Sold in 1913 to the Nahant Steamship Line of Boston, Massachusetts
by the Navy 2 October 1917
Commissioned USS Machigonne (SP 1043), 15 May 1918 Served
as patrol and troop ferry in WW I (1917-1919) as USS Machigonne
(SP-1043) Transported men and supplies between Boston and Bumpkin
Island Training Station.
Sold 29 May 1919 to the Boston, Nahant and Pines Steamboat Co. of
Sold in 1921 to John E. Moore and Co. of New York
in 1921 by US immigration serives and served as Ellis Island Ferry
Sold in 1929 to Captain Daniel F. McAllister of New York and renamed
Hook Mountain for use as tour boat
Sold in 1939 and renamed Block Island
Acquired by the Navy 24 February 1941
in WW II: Named League Island (YFB-20) was assigned to the 4th Naval
District 17 March 1941 for ferrying service between the Naval Yard,
Philadelphia, Pa., and National Park, N.J., which she carried
out efficienLly throughout the war.
Transferred 9 January 1947 to the War Shipping Administration for
Yankee in 1947
Laid up in 1983 at Montville, CT
Sold in 1990 to Jim Gallagher of New York and began restoration
Sold in 2003 to Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs
Moved to Pier 25, Hoboken, NJ to continue restoration.
Length 136' 6"
1941 - 8'9"
Speed 12 kts.
Complement 20 (1941)
Armament: Two 1-pounders
1941 - None
Propulsion: One 450ihp steam engine, one shaft
1947 - Steam engine replaced with one General Motors 12-567A diesel
at Ellis Island