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USS Tatnuck (ATO-27)
USS Tatnuck (AT-27) (1920 - 1944)
USS Tatnuck (Fleet Tug # 27) (1919 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Tango - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 3 December 1918, as Iosco at Puget Sound Navy Yard
  • Launched, 21 February 1919
  • Renamed Tatnuck, 24 February 1919
  • Commissioned USS Tatnuck (Fleet Tug # 27), 26 July 1919, LTjg. Christian Christensen in command.
  • Designated Fleet Tug (AT-27), 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified, Fleet Tug Old (ATO-27), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 12 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission at Mare Island, CA., for disposal, 26 April 1947
  • Sold, 26 April 1947, to Puget Sound Tug and Barge Co. for $4,000, removed, 26 April 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 908 t.(lt) 1,178 t. (lim)
    Length 156' 8"
    Beam 35' 3"
    Draft 15' 8" (lim)
    Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
    5 Officers
    56 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament one machine gun
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 1,855 Bbls
    one Puget Sound Navy Yard vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Scotch single-end boilers, 200psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 25Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's service generators
    single propeller, 1,800shp

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    Tatnuck 124k Tatnuck (Fleet Tug No. 27) at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, 23 July 1919, three days before commissioning. Sciota (Fleet Tug No. 30) is fitting out on the left.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 43682 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Tatnuck 142k USS Tatnuck (AT-27) moored, circa 1920s, location unknown.
    US National Archives, Photo # 19-N-16584 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Tatnuck 56k USS Tatnuck (AT-27) under way, circa 1930, location unknown. Submitted by Robert Christensen
    provided by his father Roland Christensen in honor his father
    LTjg Christian Christensen USN, CO USS Tatnuck, 26 July 1919
    Tatnuck 199k USS Tatnuck (AT-27) passing under Fremont Bridge, 1936. The larger bridge in the background is the Aurora Bridge, officially George Washington Memorial Bridge. Both bridges are on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Item 73874, Seattle Bridges Photograph Album (Record Series 2613-23), Seattle Municipal Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Tatnuck 45k USS Tatnuck (AT-27) under way off Bremerton, WA., circa 1941.
    Puget Sound Navy Yard photo # 1557041, now in the collections of NARA Seattle.
    Tracy White
    Tatnuck 54k USS Tatnuck (AT-27) moored pierside at Naval Station Kodiak, Alaska, circa April 1944.
    US Navy photo "Mud, Muscles and Miracles", by CAPT. Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and CDR. William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Tracy White

    USS Tatnuck (Fleet Tug No. 27 / AT-27 / ATO-27)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Christensen, Christian26 July 1919 - 30 October 1919
    02LTjg. Deewall, Raymond Gregory, LTJG :RADM30 October 1919 - 3 June 1920
    03CHBOSN. Bailey, Clarence Luman3 June 1920 - 1 February 1922
    04CHBOSN. Johnson, Harry Titus1 February 1922 - 15 July 1924
    05CHBOSN. Fennerty, Harry Herman15 July 1924 - 12 May 1926
    06CHBOSN. Bailey, Clarence Luman12 May 1926 - 14 February 1927
    07CHBOSN. Romberg, Harry Benjamin14 February 1927 - 30 May 1928
    08BOSN. Reed, Clarence R.30 May 1928 - 22 November 1930
    09LT. Haines, Howard Edward22 November 1930 - 13 April 1931
    10LT. Goebel, Charles Albert13 April 1931 - 2 June 1932
    11LT. Simmons, Andrew2 June 1932 - 8 June 1933
    12LTjg. Sugnet, Lee Ferrand8 June 1933 - 1 March 1934
    13LTjg. Biggs, George Prettyman1 March 1934 - 16 April 1936
    14LTjg. Kiefer, Durand16 April 1936 - 17 June 1936
    15LT. Weigle, Claude Lee17 June 1936 - 24 June 1938
    16LTjg. McPherson, Kenneth Seaton24 June 1938 - 15 July 1939
    17LT. Perron, Herbert Vincent15 July 1939 - 12 May 1940
    18BOSN. Swisher, Earl12 may 1940 - 15June 1940
    19BOSN. Hugo, Herbert Fendle15 June 1940 - 24 April 1941
    20CHBOSN. Freeborn, John Wesley24 April 1941 - 18 December 1942
    21ENS. Coats, Winfred Bryan18 December 1942 - 21 January 1944
    22LTjg. Anderson, Frank21 January 1944 - 12 May 1945
    23LT. Artman, Leo Clifton12 May 1945 - 12 September 1946
    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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