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USS Koka (AT-31)
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USS Koka (Fleet Tug No, 31) (1920)


Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug:
  • Originally assigned the name Oconee, 7 February 1919
  • Renamed Koka, 24 February 1919
  • Laid down, 30 November 1918, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 11 July 1919
  • Commissioned USS Koka (Fleet Tug No. 32), 18 February 1920, LTjg. John C. Bauman, Jr., in command
  • Designated Fleet Tug AT-31, 17 July 1920
  • Ran aground, 7 December 1937, off San Clemente Island, CA.
  • Decommissioned, 7 December 1937
  • Declared unsalvageable and abandoned as a wreck, 22 January 1938
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 March 1938
    Specifications:
    Displacement 751 t.(lt) 1,192 t.(fl)
    Length 156' 8"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 12.8 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 56
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament two machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 1,830 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Puget Sound Navy Yard vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Scotch single end boilers, 220psi Sat°
    two Diesel-drive 25Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,800shp

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    Koka 94k USS Koka (AT-31) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Koka (AT-31)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Bauman Jr., John Christopher18 February 1930 - 11 December 1921
    02LT. Macklin, Thomas11 December 1921 - 3 August 1922
    03LT. McKean, John Ross3 August 1922 - 11 July 1924
    04LT. Wentworth, Harry Allen11 July 1924 - 23 February 1935
    05LT. Henderson, Alexander23 February 1925 - 16 January 1930
    06LT. Macklin, Thomas16 January 1930 - 26 April 1932
    07LT. Bye, Harold26 April 1932 - 17 June 1933
    08LTjg. McFall, Edward Alspaugh17 June 1933 - 18 June 1934
    09LTjg. McDill, Alexander Stuart18 June 1934 - 23 March 1936
    10LT. Hare, Theron Sanderson23 March 1936 - 25 June 1937
    11LT. Gorski, Henry Frederick, USN (27)25 June 1937 - 16 June 1938
    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
    Southern California Shipwrecks - Kota
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