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USS Sagamore (ATA-208)
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USS ATA-208 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Mike - Mike
NIMM
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 - National Defense Service Medal



USS Sagamore (ATA-208) was loaned to the Dominican Republic and renamed Caonabo (RM-18)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-135)
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-208), 15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 27 November 1944, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 17 January 1945
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-208, 19 March 1945, LT. Stewart D. Northrop in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-208 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Named, USS Sagamore (ATA-208), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned and transferred, (loaned) under terms of the Mutual Defense Program to the Dominican Republic, 1 February 1972, renamed Caonabo (RM-18)
  • Returned to US Naval custody and struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1979
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 12 January 1994
    Specifications:
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-208
    Sagamore 32k USS ATA-208, underway , circa 1945-46, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Jim Bessing
    Robert Hurst
    USS Sagamore (ATA-208)
    Sagamore 136k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) on the starboard side of the lock. On the port side of the lock, is USS Samoset (ATA-190) during a goodwill tour to Cardiff Wales, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by George Antellas.
    Robert Hurst
    Sagamore 33k USS Sagamore (ATA-208), underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Submitted by Jim Bessing to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Sagamore 37k USS Sagamore (ATA-208), underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Submitted by Rich Cherry to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Sagamore 56k USS Sagamore (ATA-208), underway in the Chesapeake Bay in 1969.
    US Navy photo.
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    Sagamore 97k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) bridge area. Vince Venincasa USS Sagamore
    Sagamore 231k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) Christmas card, 1971. Vince Venincasa USS Sagamore
    Sagamore 140k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Vince Venincasa USS Sagamore
    Caonabo (RM-18)
    Sagamore 110k Caonabo (RM-18) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.


    For more photos and information about USS Sagamore, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
  • Transfer Ceremony Program
  • A Tribute to the U.S.S. Sagamore ATA-208
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Northrop, Stewart DeLamater19 March 1945 - ?
    02LT. Crawford, William Travis1957 - 1959
    03LCDR. Crim, Billy Ray1961 - 10 July 1963
    04LT. Boerner, Delbert Dean10 July 1963 - September 1965
    05LT. Levi, George Elston1966 - 1967
    06LCDR. Rankin, James Frederick1967 - ?
    07LCDR. Lister, Charles M. USN1970 - 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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