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Cayuga (YT-12)
Powhatan (Harbor Tug #12) (1898 - 1917)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

Steam Tug:
  • 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
    Length 101'
    Beam 21'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 13 knots
    Complement 35
    Armament 1 3-pdrs, 1 37mm gun
    Propulsion steam, 550hp, single screw

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    Powhatan 411k Powhatan moored pierside, early in her naval career. Judging by her lack of armament and the background, this may have been taken at Key West in 1898.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 43694
    Dave Wright

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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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