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Name: Frank Killam Crosby Rank: Captain Service: US Merchant Navy SS Yarmouth Date of Birth: February 21, 1885 Place of Birth: Chebogue, Yarmouth Co., NS Marital Status`: Married Next of Kin: Mary Freda (Wilson) Crosby (wife) Date of Death: March 8, 1944 Place of Death: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Age at Death: 59 Cemetery: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 2177 Puowaina Drive Honolulu, HI 96813 Cemetery Burial Plot: Plot A Row 0 Grave 491 Captain Crosby was the son of Thomas and Susan (Richards) Crosby. He was married to Mary Freda Wilson on January 23, 1913 at Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada. At the time of his death he lived in Hanover, Maine, US. He is listed on the US Honour Roll At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Eastern Steamship line had a fleet of eight sea-going ships. SS Yarmouth was used in WWII as a US Army Transport Ship. After the war the ship was reconditioned and renamed SS Yarmouth Castle. The SS Yarmouth and SS Evangeline, sister ships and both hurricane equipped vessels, were both restored and placed on Eastern’s only surviving route, the Boston-Yarmouth line at the end of WWII. This service was maintained during the summer months, with the liners being switched to cruising out of Miami during the winter months. The Eastern Steamship Line was eager to withdraw the ships, so the Nova Scotia government stepped in and subsidized Yarmouth and Evangeline for the 1954 season until its own vessel, MV Bluenose, was ready. Jamaican-born E Leslie Fraser purchased the name Eastern Steamship Company along with SS Yarmouth for $500,000 in 1954.
Frank Killam Crosby
SS Yarmouth
Sources: http://www.usmm.org/heroes.html http://usmm.org/killed/pq.html http://cruiselinehistory.com/eastern-steamship-lines-new-york-to-boston/