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USS Seneca (ATF-91)
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USS Seneca (AT-91) (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Sierra - Foxtrot
NUSF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (4-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)


Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 2 February 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Seneca (AT-91), 30 April 1943, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, LT. Herman B. Conrad in command
  • During World War II USS Seneca was assigned to the American Theater
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-91), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned in July 1971
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 18 November 1971 for lay up with the James River Group, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 October 1985
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target, 21 July 2003
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,674 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16k.5kts.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one 60Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    Propulsion
    four General Motors 12-278A Diesel-electric main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gear
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Size Image Description Source
    Seneca 182k Photo of USS Seneca (ATF-91)'s depth charge tracks while moored at Navy Yard Philadelphia, 17 May 1943.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Seneca 102k USS Seneca (ATF-91) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 22 May 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-97998 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Seneca 122k Overhead view of USS Seneca (ATF-91) underway, circa 1957, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Seneca 83k USS Seneca (ATF-91) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1959.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Seneca 134k USS Seneca (ATF-91) underway, circa 1965, location unknown. Alan Owens
    Seneca 64k USS Seneca (ATF-91) moored at NavPhib Base Little Creek, VA, 1971 Submitted by Harvey Naeser to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Seneca 74k USS Seneca (ATF-91) moored at NavPhib Base Little Creek, VA, 1971. USGC Cherokee (WMEC-165), ex ATF-66, is tied up astern of Seneca Submitted by Harvey Naeser to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Seneca (ATF-91)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Conrad, Herman B.30 April 1943 - ?
    03LCDR. Connell Jr., William C.no dates
    04LCDR. Hodges Jr., James W.no dates
    05LCDR. Alves Jr., Arceniono dates
    07LCDR. Orr, Stanley C.no dates
    09LT. Agnew Jr., Dwight MerleJune 1961 - 1963
    10LCDR. Henry Jr., Albert Luther1963 - ?
    12LCDR. Bissell, Allen MorrisMarch 1967 - March 1969
    13LT. Lustman, R. R.1971 - July 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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
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    Last Updated 3 January 2013