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USS Pawnee (YT-21)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

Wooden-hulled Steam Lighter:
  • Built by Rodermond & Co., Tomkins Cove, NY
  • [Please note correct spelling is Rodermond, not "Rodermund" or "Roderman", and defintiely not "Tompkins" Cove]
  • Completed as steam lighter John Dwight (ON 77239), 1896
  • Purchased by the Navy for $25,000 from George T. Moon, 06 May 1898
  • Commissioned USS Pawnee, 1898
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-21), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 24 March 1922
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold to Seabury & DeZafra, Inc., New York, NY, 23 July 1922
  • Foundered under mysterious conditions off Cuttyhunk Light, MA, 06 April 1923 (was running unlighted while rum-running, probably rammed by another vessel)
    Displacement 275 tons
    Length 112'
    Beam 27' 3"
    Draft 7'
    Speed 10 knots
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam, 250hp, single shaft

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    Pawnee 108k Pawnee moored alongside collier Leonidas at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1904.
    Cropped from Library of Congress photo LC-D4-21816
    Dave Wright
    Pawnee 1257k July 8, 1923 Boston Herald article on the John Dwight mystery. Dave Wright

    USS Pawnee (YT-21)
    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

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