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YFD 38 seen at Natal Naval Base having one Sub Chaser aboard for maintenance. 


Completed: Feb. 1943

Displacement: 1,000 tons

Length over all: 240 ft

Length on pontoons: 200 ft

Length over blocks: 285 ft

Width over all: 64,7' ft

Width inside: 47,4' ft

Draft over blocks 14 ft

Draft over all submerged: 28,5' ft

Draft light: 4,3' ft

Data kindly provided by Aryeh Wetherhorn

The US Navy brought to Brazil two Floating Drydocks, being one with 1000 tons which was based at Natal Naval base. Both were very important in assistance for keeping ships in seaworthy conditions. During a period in 1944, YFD 38 had no less than 26 ships awaiting for repairs. After the end of the hostilities, this unit was transferred to the Brazilian Navy.


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