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Yard Patrol Boats - U.S. Naval Academy (Paul McGehee)
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$50.00

"Yard Patrol Boats - U.S. Naval Academy" by Paul McGehee. Used for training purposes at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Yard Patrol Boats (also known as YP boats) are a familiar sight on Annapolis, Maryland's beautiful Severn River. Midshipmen learn sailing, navigation and seamanship on these small craft, both at Annapolis and at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. The origin of these training vessels goes back to the early days of World War II. In the dark days following the December 7, 1941 attack on the Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the U.S. Navy put out the call for seaworthy craft that could be quickly employed in the nation's defense. In San Diego, 600 tuna boat men volunteered their services and their boats...a fleet of tuna fishing boats. The Navy leased these tuna boats for the duration of the war, painting them battleship-gray, replacing their colorful names with numbers and sending many of them directly into combat zones. Several of these tuna boats were sent to the South Pacific theatre where the Japanese sought strategic control of many of the Pacific islands. Many saw action during the long, hard-fought battle of Guadalcanal 1942-43. Others in the "Yippie" fleet of YP's patroled the coastal United States and the Panama Canal, and garnered a fair amount of press back home in articles with headlines such as "Former Tuna Boat Fishermen Sail Yippie Boats Against Japs" and "Tuna Boats Go to War!" After the end of World War II in 1945, some of these intrepid tuna boats were used as training craft for young sailors and officers in training. Today, a modern fleet of Yard Patrol Boats have assumed these training duties, providing a real at-sea environment in which to "learn the ropes" of becoming a seagoing member of the United States Navy. "Yard Patrol Boats - U.S. Naval Academy" is faithfully reproduced as an archival-quality print from McGehee's original oil painting, each hand-signed by the artist. Print image size: 9 1/4" x 7 1/2". Edition size: 500 S/N. (Final shipping cost on this small print may indeed be less than actually displayed upon purchase, depending upon destination and weight.)

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