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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 tanker Prince William Sound during that ship's launching at Sun Shipbuilding, Chester, PA, 04 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 Sewells Point at Philadelphia, 04 June 1966. Peruvian freighter Ucayali (1957-1978) in in background. Photo from the Francis Palmer Collection via Dave Boone. 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 26 November 2017