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Powhatan (Harbor Tug #12) (1898 - 1917)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
World War I Victory Medal
Built by Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD (YN 3)
Launched, 23 January 1892
Completed for J.R. Foard Transportation Co., Baltimore, MD as steam tug Penwood (ON 150565)
Purchased by the Navy at Mobile, AL, 08 April 1898
Commissioned, USS Powhatan, 20 April 1898, LT Frank Mead Russell in command
Loaned to Marine Hospital Service, used as quarantine vessel at Reedy Island, DE, 1900-1901
Assigned to 3rd Naval District, stationed at New York Navy Yard, 1901-1928
Renamed Cayuga, 01 September 1917
Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-12), 17 July 1920
Decommissioned, 20 April 1928
Sold for scrap, 05 June 1928
Placed in merchant service with Mathiasen Towing Line, New York, NY as Mathiasen Bros., 1929
Sold to W.E. Hedger Transportation Corp., New York, Ny and renamed Top Sergeant, 1930
FInal disposition, scrapped about 1947-48
Displacement 194 tons
Speed 13 knots
Armament 1 3-pdrs, 1 37mm gun
Propulsion steam, 550hp, single screw
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||Powhatan moored pierside circa 1898-99 or the early 1900s.
This tug was renamed Cayuga in 1917.
US Navy photo # NH 43694 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
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||Inspection party of Japanese Admiral Togo Heihachiro disembarking from Powhatan at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 15 August 1911.
Library of Congress photo LC-B2-2283-4
View the Powhatan / Cayuga (YT-12)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable to this Vessel
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 28 February 2016
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