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USS Sagamore (ATO-20)
USS Sagamore (AT-20) (1920 - 1944)
USS Sagamore (Fleet Tug No. 20) (1918 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - November - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 24 May 1917 as Commanche (SP-3296), a steel-hulled ocean-going tug, at Buffalo Dry Dock Co., Buffalo, N.Y. under a WSB contract
  • Renamed Sagamore, 30 October 1917
  • Launched in November 1917
  • Transferred to the Navy, 5 December 1917
  • Completed and commissioned USS Sagamore (Fleet Tug No. 20), 8 June 1918 at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA., LTjg. Claus K. R. Clausen in command
  • Designated Fleet Tug (AT-20), 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified, Fleet Tug Old, (ATO-20), 14 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 31 August 1946, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold, 24 December 1947, to Hughes Bros., New York City for $11,327
  • Acquired in 1948 by McAllister Brothers Towing, renamed John E. McAllister
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1953 at Baltimore, MD.
    Displacement 751 t.(fl) 1,094 t.(fl)
    Length 156' 8"
    Beam 34' 8"
    Speed 12kts
    Draft 14' 7"
    Speed 12.4 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 56
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 1,795 Bbls
    one Globe Iron Works vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 200psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 25Kw 120V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,800shp

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    Sagamore (SP-3296)
    Sagamore 64k Sagamore (SP-3296) under construction, at Buffalo Dry Dock Co., Buffalo, N.Y. in 1917. Bowling Green State University, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    USS Sagamore (Fleet Tug #20)
    Sagamore 185k Sagamore (Fleet Tug No. 20) probably at Buffalo Dry Dock Co., Buffalo, N.Y. winter 1918. David Wright
    USS Sagamore (AT-20)
    Sagamore 219k USS Sagamore (Fleet Tug #20) at Provincetown, MA., with pontoons to raise USS S-4 (SS-109), 4 March 1928. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
    Sagamore 156k USS Sagamore (AT-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 43680.
    Mike Green
    Sagamore 274k USS Sagamore (AT-20) at New York Navy Yard, 20 December 1943. Ed Zajkowski
    Sagamore 155k
    Sagamore 380k
    Sagamore 413k
    Sagamore 381k
    Sagamore 310k
    USS Sagamore (ATO-20)
    Sagamore 52k USS Sagamore (ATO-20) anchored on the Hudson River, 17 August 1946. David Wright

    USS Sagamore (AT-20 / ATO-20)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships(DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Clausen, Claus Kristian Randolf8 June 1918 - 10 June 1920
    02LT. Erickson Jr., John10 June 1920 - 5 August 1920
    03BOSN. Leo, Oscar5 August 1920 - 23 May 1924
    04BOSN. Cole, Forest Ancil23 May 1924 - 29 October 1925
    05BOSN. Monks, Richard29 October 1925 - 17 August 1929
    06CHBOSN. Chester, Franklin Earl17 August 1929 - 8 July 1931
    07LT. Dillinder, John William8 July 1931 - 28 March 1932
    08LT. Smith, Irving Barclay28 March 1932 - 12 February 1935
    09LTjg. Naumilket, Charles John12 February 1935 - 4 September 1935
    10LT. Winslow, Alan Ferris4 September 1935 - 26 April 1936
    11LT. Hartt, Beverly Armistead 26 April 1936 - 18 October 1937
    12LT. Boarman, Charles Samuel18 October 1937 - 1 July 1939
    13LT. Rasch, Frank William1 July 1939 - 1 October 1940
    14LT. Betzer, William Charles1 October 1940 - 17 July 1941
    15LT. Bond, Frank Henry17 July 1941 - 1 March 1942
    16LT. Foushee, Sr., Clarence Lucius1 March 1942 - 28 April 1944
    17LT. Burns, Grey Ulysses28 April 1944 - 1 September 1945
    18LT. Cregan, George1 September 1945 - 31 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody

    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
    TugBoat - Sagamore
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