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YT-2 (1942 - 1944)
Iwana (YT-2) (1920 -1942)
Iwana (Harbor Tug #2) (1892 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Kilo - 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 - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Wahneta Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by City Point Iron Works, Boston, MA
  • Authorized, 02 March 1889
  • Contract signed, 20 December 1890 (contract price $32,438)
  • Laid down, April 1891
  • Launched, 12 March 1892
  • Placed in service as Iwana (Harbor Tug #2) at Boston, April 1892
  • Assigned to 1st Naval District at Boston Navy Yard for entire career, 1892-1946
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-2), 17 July 1920
  • Name dropped to allow YT-272 to take up name, 05 October 1942
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug Medium YTM-2, 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service. date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 20 March 1946
  • Registered to Bernstein & Jacobson, Portland ME as tug Joseph York (ON 250977), 1946
  • Final disposition, scrapped 1967
    Displacement 192 tons
    Length 92'6" pp, 96'0" overall
    Beam 20'11"
    Draft 8'6"
    Speed 11.6 knots
    Complement 9
    one machine gun
    one single-ended triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine (12½-20-32 x 24)
    one coal-fired boiler
    single propeller, 450shp
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    DANFS merely says "An Indian name," which perhaps reflects the difficulty the writers had trying to figure out where Iwana came from. It appears to be derived from a Taíno or Arawak word for lizard, which evolved into the familiar term for this lizard species, iguana. On the other hand, whoever was tasked with coming up with names for these tugs in the 1890s might have made up a suitably "Indian" sounding word.

    Dave Wright
    Iwana (Harbor Tug #2)
    Iwana 109k Iwana (YT-2) alongside USS Constitution in Boston harbor, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Stan Svec
    Iwana 83k Iwana (YT-2) alongside USS Constitution in Boston harbor, date unknown. This and the above photo were likely taken during the period of Constitution's refit in 1927 -1931.
    Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection, accession number 08_06_008016 (cropped).
    Dave Wright

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    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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