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USS Sciota (ATA-205)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS ATA-205 (1945 - 1948)
November - India - Lima - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-132)
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-205),15 May 1944
Laid down, 16 August 1944, (DANFS - 12 October 1944) at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
Launched, 12 October 1945 (DANFS - 26 November 1944)
Commissioned, USS ATR-132, 31 January 1945 (DANFS - 30 January 1945)
Redesignated Auxiliary Ocean Tug ATA-205 in 1945
During World War II USS ATA-205 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS ATA-205 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 20 February 1946
Decommissioned in January 1947 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
Named Sciota (ATA-205), 16 June 1948
Temporary custody to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia WA., 9 November 1960, Navy ownership retained
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
Permanent custody transferred to MARAD, 1 September 1962
Temporary custody to the US Navy for the SOAP Program, 27 March to 11 May 1971
Returned to MARAD, 11 May 1971, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Permanent custody returned to the US Navy, 14 August 1978
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
Beam 33' 10"
Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
Speed 12 kts.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
Diesel 1,200 Bbls
two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,200shp
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||Trial portraits, port and starboard views, of ATA-205 while underway on the Sabine-Neches waterway just off Lake Sabine, probably a few days before the Navy accepted based on no issues with the trial run.
||USS ATA-205 moored pierside at Portland, OR., July 1946. Photo from "the Towline" the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors magazine, 1 September 1996, courtesy Bill Platt USS ATA-205.
USS Sciota (ATA-205)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 7 March 2014
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