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Samoset (YT-5) (1920 - 1944)
Samoset (Harbor Tug # 5) (1897 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Echo - India
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

District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA
  • Authorized, 02 March 1895
  • Laid down, 13 January 1896
  • Launched, 20 March 1897
  • Placed in service as Samoset (Harbor Tug No. 5)
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-5), 17 July 1920
  • Name dropped, date unknown
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug Medium (YTM-5), 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service in 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 09 January 1947
  • Sold to Norfolk Dredging Co., Norfolk, VA and renamed Oscar F. Smith (ON 255235), 1947
  • Sold to Winslow Marine, Falmouth, ME and renamed Alice Winslow, 1965
  • Sold to Milton Gomez and put under Dominican Republic flag, 1989
  • Final disposition, CTL after grounding on reef with tow, tank barge Gran Tor, at Nisibon Beach, NE coast of Dominican Republic, 15 February 1989
    Displacement 225 tons
    Length 92'6"
    Beam 21'
    Draft 8'9" (mean)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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    Antares 42k Samoset (YT-5) assists USS Antares (AG-10) as she departs Philadelphia Navy Yard, bound for Panama, 1 March 1923. Robert Hurst
    Samoset 967k Samoset (YT-5) moored at Pier 1, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 05 June 1926.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 43689
    Dave Wright

    Samoset (YT-5 / YTM-5)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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