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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Palo Blanco Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Authorized as Yard Net Tender (YN-95)
Laid down, 11 December 1943, as Tesota (YN-95) at Canulette Shipbuilding Co., Slidell, LA.
Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-71), 20 January 1944
Launched, 29 July 1944
The name Tesota was canceled, 10 August 1944, and the ship was reclassified/redesignated Auxiliary Ocean Tug ATA-217
Commissioned USS ATA-217, 16 January 1945, Lt. H. A. V. Post, USNR, in command
During World War II USS ATA-217 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 7 May 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 25 March 1947, and was sold the same day to Martinolick Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco, CA.. named Del Mar
Final Disposition, burned off San Martin, Mexico, 17 February 1949
Displacement 1,550 t. (limiting)
Length 194' 6"
Beam 34' 7"
Draft 14' 1" (limiting)
Speed 12.1 kts
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel, 935 Bbls
Busch Sulzer Mod 539 Diesel-electric engine
two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller 1500shp
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||USS ATA-217 on builder's trials, 3 January 1945, near Slidell, LA.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-76892, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS ATA-217 underway, date and location unknown. ATA-217 is painted in camouflage scheme 31/20L.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS ATA-217 underway in San Francisco Bay, while returning from service in the Pacific, circa early 1946. Note the "homeward bound" pennant flying from her mainmast.
US Navy photo # NH 83830 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M MacPherson, 1975.
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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 22 March 2013
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