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Chekilli (YTM-175)
Chekilli (YTB-175) (1944 - 1962)
Chekilli (YT-175) (1941 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Allaquippa Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built in 1940 as Gulfport hull # 176 by Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX. for General Motors Corp.
  • Launched in 1941
  • Purchased by the US Navy in June 1941, from General Motors Corp.
  • Placed in service, in August 1941, as Chekilli (YT-175), allocated to the 1st Naval District, at Boston, MA.
  • Reallocated to the 3rd Naval District, date unknown
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large, YTB-175, 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service in October 1946, laid up in reserve
  • Placed in service in October 1948, allocated to the 1st Naval District
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium, YTM-175, in February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by Navy sale, 1 April 1974, fate unknown
    Displacement 206 t.(lt.)
    Length 102' 2"
    Beam 24'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 17
    Armament unknown
    General Motors EMD 567 Diesel-electric engines
    single propeller, 1,000shp

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    Chekilli 346k Chekilli (YT-175) underway near Port Arthur, TX. while running builders trials, circa June-July 1941.
    Photo from the files of the Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works.
    Jim Swank

    Chekilli (YT-175 / YTB-175 / YTM-175)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy 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
    Allaquippa Class Harbor Tug schematic
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