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Narkeeta (YT-3)
Narkeeta (Harbor Tug No. 3) (1892 - 1920)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal

Wahneta Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built at City Point Iron Works, Boston, MA
  • Authorized, 02 March 1889
  • Laid down, April 1891
  • Launched, 11 February 1892
  • Commissioned Narkeeta (Harbor Tug No. 3) at Boston Navy Yard, 14 April 1892
  • Assigned to Third Naval District at New York Navy Yard, 1892-1923
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-3), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, April 1923
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold to Joseph F. O’Boyle, New York, NY, 28 October 1926
  • Registered to Card Towing Co., New York, NY as Edward L. Card (ON 226154), 1927
  • Final disposition, scrapped about 1941-42
    Hull Steel
    Displacement 192 tons
    Length 92' 6"
    Beam 21' 0
    Draft 8' 0"
    Speed 11.5 knots
    Complement 9
    two 1pdrs
    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 says "A tribe of the Choctaw Nation, resident at one time in what is now Mississippi." After a diligent search by this author, the only reference to this name that could be found is to Narkeeta, a ghost town in Kemper County, Missisippi, located between Porterville and Ennondale on the M&O railroad, north of the Sucarnochee creek. Founded about 1850, it appears to have been completely abandoned by 1930. The name dervies from Choctaw nakchito [naki = lead, chito = big, i.e. "big bullets"].
    ICC valuation photo of water tank at Narkeeta, Mississippi, 1916, via

    Dave Wright
    Narkeeta (Harbor Tug No. 3)
    58k Narkeeta (Harbor Tug No.3) passing along the piers at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, circa May 1908. In the background moored to a pier is the transport Hancock, then serving as the navy yard receiving ship. Beyond Hancock is a smokestack of Baltimore (C-3), then laid up in reserve, the Executive Office, then the Marine Barracks. Note that Hancock's sides, amidships and aft, have been built up for receiving ship service.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 93996, courtesy of M.S. Brainard, 1982.
    Robert Hurst
    193k Cropped detail of above photo, showing Narkeeta in detail. Dave Wright
    419k Narkeeta (Harbor Tug No.3) with an experimental "brickwork" camouflage scheme in 1917. Black stripes on the white background produced a soft gray effect at moderate distances. Larger black patches were applied to those areas which usually reflected light. Visibility of the ship was reduced when the light was behind the observer.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 45637
    Stan Svec

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