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USS Esselen (ATO-147)
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USS Esselen (AT-147) (1943- 1944)
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Laid down in 1893 as the civilian steam tug Catawissa by Harlan and Hollingsworth Co., Wilmington, DL.
Completed in 1897
Designated ID-1118 in 1917, not acquired by the Navy
Renamed New York in 1941
Designated CGR-1902 while in wartime merchant service as the steam tug New York
Acquired by the Navy,18 June 1943
Commissioned USS Esselen (AT-147), 21 August 1943, LT. Frank H. Watts, in command
Redesignated Fleet Tug, Old ATO-147, 15 May 1944
Decommissioned, 11 November 1944 at New York, N.Y.
Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 11 November 1944 for disposal, named reverted to New York
Struck from the Naval Register, 27 November 1944
Sold for merchant service in 1944 by the War Shipping Command in 1944
Sold to Beth Tank Co., New York, renamed Beth Tank Ship No.2
Downgraded to a hulk in 1952 used for steam-cleaning tanks of empty oil tankers
Renamed Tank Master No.1 in 1963
Scrapped in 2008 at Perth Amboy, N.J.
Displacement 800 t.(lt) 1,385 t.(fl)
one 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engine
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||Most of the steam tug Catawissa's career was spent towing coal barges along the U.S. East Coast for the Philadelphia &
Reading Railroad. Posted on Flickr by Keyport-Kid, used with permission. Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Steam tug Catawissa under way in New York harbor.
The Steamship Historical Society of America, Photo No. 8969 (Parslow Coll.), used
with permission, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Steam tug New York (ex-Catawissa) under way with tow, probably in New York harbor, circa 1942.
The Steamship Historical Society of America, used with permission, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Esselen (AT-147 / ATO-147)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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 20 November 2015
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