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YT-16 (1942 - 1944)
Modoc (YT-16) (1920 - 1942)
Modoc (1898 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Delta - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Steam Tug:
  • Built by John H. Dialogue & Son, Camden NJ
  • Built for American Towing Co. as tug Enterprise (ON 136168)
  • Acquired by the Navy, 29 April 1898
  • Placed in service as Modoc at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1898
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-16), 17 July 1920
  • Name canceled, 05 October 1942
  • Redesignated as the unnamed District Harbor Tug Small YTL-16, 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service, 30 January 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold to Charles E. Banks Towing, Camden, NJ and renamed Flo, 1947
  • Final disposition, scrapped 1972
    Displacement 240 tons
    Length 96'
    Beam 21'
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 7
    Armament unknown
    one compound steam engine
    one single-end coal fired boiler
    single propeller 175shp
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    The United States submarine L-1 (SS-40), rammed last week by a pilot-boat off the Delaware capes, came into the Philadelphia Navy Yard yesterday, supported by tho salvage tug USS Kalmia (AT-23) (left) and the navy yard tug Modoc (YT-16). At the right can be seen an ten-inch pump line from the which kept the water out of the engine hatch-room of the submersible during the trip from Lowes, Del. A smaller pump line worked from the Modoc.
    Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
    Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 08 February 1921, NIGHT EXTRA, Image 24, via
    PDF added 12/02/10.
    Modoc 1037k Modoc (YT-16) moored at Pier 1, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 05 June 1926.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 45946
    Dave Wright
    Modoc 204k Modoc (YT-16) guiding the North Star to a berth at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in November 1939. The North Star had just returned from Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expedition.
    Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, George D. McDowell Collection, Temple University Libraries, photo P562048B (cropped)
    Dave Wright

    Modoc (YT-16 / YTL-16)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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    Last Updated 03 August 2018