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YT-17 (1942 - 1944)
Mohawk (YT-17) (1920 - 1942)
Mohawk (Harbor Tug #17) (1898 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Foxtrot - Bravo
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 Thomas S. Marvel & Co., Newburgh NY (YN 61)
  • Delivered to Cornell Steamboat Co. as tug Thomas P. Fowler (ON 145641), July 1893
  • Acquired by the Navy, 23 April 1898
  • Placed in service as Mohawk (Harbor Tug No. 17) in 1898
  • Assigned to Fifth Naval District at Norfolk Navy Yard, 1898-1946
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-17), 17 July 1920
  • Name cancelled, 05 October 1942
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug Small (YTL-17), 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service, 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Turned over to the War Shipping Administration, 01 October 1946
  • Sold to W.S. Sanders, Norfolk, VA, 1948
  • Resold to H. B. Stone Towing Co. of Wilmington, NC, name retained, 1948
  • Acquired by New Hanover County, NC from the Stone Towing Co. and declared derelict, 1969
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef off Wrightsville Beach, NC (approx. 34 02 N, 077 52 W.), 1970
    Displacement 368 tons
    Length 94'
    Beam 24' 1"
    Draft 8' 8"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    one 20X40 3/8 engine
    single propeller
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    Mohawk 302k Mohawk passing the laid up cruiser San Francisco (Cruiser No. 5) at Norfolk Navy Yard, September 1900.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 45951
    Dave Wright
    Mohawk 300k Stern view of Mohawk at Norfolk Navy Yard, September 1900.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 45950
    Dave Wright
    Mohawk 161k San Marcos (ex-second class battleship Texas) settles into the mud of Chesapeake Bay after being used as a target by battleship New Hampshire (Battleship No. 25), 22 March 1911. Mohawk (Harbor Tug No. 17) is in the foreground.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 73107
    Mike Green
    Hercules 231k Hercules and Mohawk moored at Norfolk with an unidentified transport dominating the background, circa 1917-1919. Dave Wright
    Mohawk 451k Partial view of Mohawk (YT-17) assisting Housatonic (AO-35) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 26 May 1942.
    Norfolk Navy Yard photo serial 3150(42)
    Rick E. Davis

    View the Mohawk (YT-17 / YTL-17)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    No Information Available
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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