During World War II, from 10/1943 to 04/1945 she was requisitioned by the US War Shipping Administration, registered as boat YP-118. Yard Patrol boats, YP,s were mostly former privately owned vessels, yachts and fishing boats, which following Navy acquisition and outfitting, served during World War II and used mostly as Coastal Patrol Boats in the Pacific. YP,s commonly known a "Yippies" to sailors.
After the War the requisitioned boat was given back and had several different owners. In the 1960's and 70's the owner was the Hollywood Actor Denver Pyle with a STAR on the Walk of Fame, 7083 Hollywood Blvd, who played in hundreds of movies and TV Series with John Wayne, James Stewart, Paul Newman etc. in movies like Bonnie and Clyde, Maverick, Streets of San Francisco, Bonanza, Fury, Tammy, Dukes of Hazzard, Grizzly Adams etc., at that time the boat's name was VIDE III, berthed at Long Beach, Los Angeles.
Denver Pyle and his STAR
In the 1950th an 60th the boat joined several 1,000 miles 'predicted log races' in the Pacific from Oregon to Mexico (a predicted log race is similar to a car rally, where you have to reach the target at an exact time - not later or earlier).
In the 1980th Papoose was moored at Pier 39 San Francisco, the foto shows the SF skyline from that period.
The Papoose is recorded in the book Welcome Aboard, Inside The World's Great Classic Yachts by Matthew Walker, First Glance Books, 1998, as a member of The Classic Yacht Association
World War II U.S. Navy Vessels in Private Hands
by Greg H. Williams
published 2013 by McFarland, Jefferson NC
lists the boat Papoose as "Yard Patrol Boat" with the registration number YP-118
(on the right: Papoose mast with
Moving from San Francisco to Venice (Venezia)
(on the right: loading Container Vessel in San Francisco)
Almost 15 month major restore in 2008 and 2009 in Venice (Venezia, Venedig), Italy.
o renew frames, floors and refastening; renew keelbolts and refasten
o remove, repair, clean and paint three tanks and renew and modernize all plumping from tanks to the motors
o lay ca. 30 sqm (330 sqft) new teakdeck
o caulk more than 300 m (900 feet) planks with cotton and modern sealing stuff
o install modern GPS, deepsounder, TV
o install modern Webasto airheating to all 6 rooms
o paint hull and underwater up to 6 layers
o built an overall cover for summer and winter
o renew steadysail and rigg
o and much more ... more restore fotos here
first hour in European Water after major restore, here the dock of the repair-boatyard in Venice
Any comments and suggestions to this old motor yacht welcome:
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Reference of Fotos and Videos
All Fotos and Videos from Archive Edition Munich, GmbH
Foto Denver Pyle, from The Rifleman, U.S. Western Series 1958-63
Foto Indian Woman from 1910 Cigarette Card
Foto VIDE III from Ron Burson, former boat owner
Foto Northstar II from Classic Yacht Associaton, Photo Album
Foto San Francisco from Joan De Aragon Wilson, former boat owner