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Uncas (YTB-242)
Uncas (YT-242) (1942 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Golf - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Levingston Shipbuilding, Orange, TX (YN 212)
  • Laid down as civilian tug Susan A. Moran
  • Purchased before completion by US Navy, 21 March 1942
  • Placed in service as Uncas (YT-242), 1942
  • Assigned to the Service Force, Atlantic Fleet and participated in the following operation:

    American Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Convoy SC-107, 03 to 08 November 1942
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug (Large) YTB-242, 15 May 1944
  • Operated out of Recife, Brazil, 1942 - 1945
  • Departed Recife for Canal Zone, 08 July 1945
  • Inactivated at Boston Navy Yard, March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, January 1947
  • Sold to Moran Towing, New York, NY, renamed Pauline L. Moran (ON 253361), 16 May 1947
  • Acquired by Curtis Bay Towing, Philadelphia, PA., renamed Sewells Point, 1961
  • Half-sunk when hit by ship during a launching on the Delaware River, November 1975
  • Sold by Curtis Bay Towing to a salvage company "as-is" for one dollar
  • Rebuilt, acquired by Tug Interstate Co. (Interstate Oil Transportation), Wilmington DE, renamed Fort McHenry
  • Acquired by Dana Marine Services, New Orleans, LA, 1991
  • Sold foreign to an owner from Port Au Prince, Haiti, about 2000
  • Current Disposition, active in Haitian waters
  • Uncas earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement unknown
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 knots
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 14
    Armament unknown
    single Diesel
    single propeller, 1,000shp

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    Uncas (YT-242)
    Uncas 96k Uncas (YT-242) underway with a barge alongside, date and location unknown.
    Photo Jim Logan, courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS).
    Robert Hurst
    Uncas 138k Uncas (YT-242) underway in Brazilian waters, circa 1942-1943. Note the masts, which were later removed. James Logan
    Uncas (YTB-242)
    Uncas 96k Uncas (YTB-242) moored at Hunter's Point, CA, January 1946. James Logan
    Uncas 92k Crew of Uncas (YTB-242) posing at Hunter's Point, CA, January 1946. Note crane ship AB-1 (ex-battleship Kearsarge) moored in background. James Logan
    Uncas 85k "Flags" and "Cookie" at bow of Uncas (YTB-242), 1946. Tug Moanahonga (YTB-258) is in background. James Logan
    Commercial Service
    Uncas 60k Ex-Uncas (YTB-242) moored pierside while in commercial service as the Interstate Oil Transportation tug Fort McHenry, date and location unknown. Dave Boone
    Uncas 345k Fort McHenry, moored pierside at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 19 November 2012.
    Photo copyright user "Evgeniy" via
    Dave Wright

    Uncas (YT-242 / YTB-242)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Tug - Fort McHenry
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    Last Updated 07 November 2017