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USS Acushnet (ATO-63)
USS Acushnet (AT-63) (1936 - 1944)
USCGC Acushnet (1919 - 1936)
USS Acushnet (1918 - 1919)
USRC Acushnet (1908 - 1918)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Delta - Bravo

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal;
Bottom Row - American Defense Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Acushnet Class Revenue Cutter/Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 30 May 1936 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 16 May 1908
  • Placed in service by the US Revenue Cutter Service as USRC Acushnet
  • Acquired by the US Navy at the outbreak of World War I and commissioned, USS Acushnet
  • Returned to the US Coast Guard, 22 September 1919
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 30 May 1936, at Norfolk, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Commissioned USS Acushnet (AT-63), 1 September 1936, LT. Percy S. Hogarth in command
  • Redesignated Fleet Tug Old ATO-63 17 July 1944
  • Decommissioned, 14 December 1945, at the Coast Guard Yard, Berkeley, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 December 1946 and sold to N. Block Co., Norfolk, VA. .
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 860 t.
    Length 152'
    Beam 29'
    Draft 18' 9"
    Speed 11 kts. (trial)
    officers 5
    enlisted 56
    Armament two 1 pdrs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 1,250 Bbls
    one Newport News vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox heard-type boilers, 200psi °Sat
    two turbo-drive 25Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,033shp

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    USCGC Acushnet
    Acushnet 50k USCGC Acushnet underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo ©from Jane's Fighting Ships 1924.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Acushnet (AT-63)
    Acushnet 102k USS Acushnet (AT-63) moored pierside at Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 September 1941. The devices in the bridge wing are probably searchlights with special hoods.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. 19-N-25508 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Green
    Acushnet 104k USS Acushnet (AT-63) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 8 September 1941; the British fleet carrier HMS Illustrious, undergoing repairs looms in the background. Also visible are covered lighter YF-244 and the open lighter YC-265.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25509, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Acushnet 110k USS Acushnet (AT-63) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 5 October 1944.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-73134 a Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Acushnet 119k USS Acushnet (AT-63) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1946.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Acushnet (AT-63)
    DANFS history entry located on the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hogarth, Percy Shawbaker1 September 1936 - 3 June 1937
    02LT. Fuller, James Edward3 June 1937 - 18 June 1938
    03LT. Page, Dudley Merrill.18 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Acushnet 1908
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    Last Updated 9 May 2014