While bumping along Gulfport’s inner harbor the other day, I came across this old girl in the sea smoke.
If her lines look vaguely patrol-boatish, Sea Hope is a 108-foot former U.S. Navy Training Patrol Craft (YP) of the type used by the Naval Academy for giving the midshipmen some basic underway education.
They used to look pretty snazzy when new.
Built by Marinette in 1987, the YP 676/696 class has been slowly sold off by the GSA in favor of newer 119-foot YP703 vessels. We covered one that was for sale on Craigslist back in 2014 for $30K.
Nice to see one still around.