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USS Passaic (YT-20)
USS Passaic (1918 - 1920)
USS Pontiac (1911 - 1918)
Pontiac (1898 - 1911)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
World War I Victory Medal
Wood-hulled Steam Tug:
Built by Peter Magee, Athens, NY
[Please note frequent citations of builder as the non-existant "Peter McGiehan" are erroneous]
Launched, date unknown
Completed as salvage tug Right Arm (ON 110962) for Merritt & Chapman, 1891
Purchased by the Navy and renamed Pontiac, 23 April 1898
Commissioned, 16 May 1898, LT Francis H. Sherman commanding
Decommissioned, 11 September 1898
Commissioned USS Pontiac, 01 July 1911
Renamed Passaic, 11 April 1918
Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-20), 17 July 1920
Decommissioned, in 1921, and placed on the sale list
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold to John Kantzler & Sons, Bay City, MI, 25 February 1922
Ran aground in Absecon Inlet, NJ and lost, 22 April 1923
Displacement 238.25 gross tons, 137.48 net tons, 401 tons displacement
Length 124' 4"
Draft 9' 6"
Speed 10.5 knots
Armament two 1-pdrs, one machine gun
Propulsion vertical compound, single screw
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||The future USS Pontiac as the steam tug Right Arm, towing the whaling bark Progress off New Bedford, MA, circa 1891-94.
Cropped from Mystic Seaport #1973.899.171, a photograph now in the collections of Mystic Seaport.
||USS Pontiac moored pierside at New York Navy Yard, 19 October 1917. The photo shows the vessel's derrick and boom viewed from aft, her appearance changed little since she was acquired in 1898.
US National Archives, RG-19-N box 57, Photo # 19-N-14199, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
View the Pontiac (YT-20)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 22 January 2016
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