Michael R. Franklin
Licensed Real Estate Broker
(o) 315-876-2262


Yankee Ferry

Michael DeRosa
Licensed Real Estate Broker & Auctioneer
CNY Office 315.406.7355 NYC Office 212.757.1550

Yankee Ferry History 1907-

National Historic Registration and description

National Historic Designation Diagrams

National Historic Regitration acceptance letter

US Navy Participation documentation


Passenger Steamer:

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

Acquired 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 Boston
Sold in 1921 to John E. Moore and Co. of New York

Accquired in 1921 by US immigration serives and served as Ellis Island Ferry until 1929.

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

Served 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 disposal

Renamed 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.

Displacement 425 t.
Length 136' 6"
Beam 29'
Draft 8'
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 engine.


Yankee at Ellis Island


    Michael L. DeRosa, Licensed Real Estate Broker & Auctioneer
    The International Building 45 Rockefeller Plaza 20th Floor, Suite 2000 New York, NY 10111 Office: 212-757-1550
    P.O. BOX 391 Skaneateles, New York 13152 c. 315.406.7355 p. 315.685.7400
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