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Uncas (YT-242) (1942 - 1945)
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:
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
|Campaign and Dates
|Convoy SC-107, 03 to 08 November 1942
Speed 12 knots
single propeller, 1,000shp
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||Uncas (YT-242) underway with a barge alongside, date and location unknown.
Photo Jim Logan, courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS).
||Uncas (YT-242) underway in Brazilian waters, circa 1942-1943. Note the masts, which were later removed.
||Uncas (YTB-242) moored at Hunter's Point, CA, January 1946.
||Crew of Uncas (YTB-242) posing at Hunter's Point, CA, January 1946. Note crane ship AB-1 (ex-battleship Kearsarge) moored in background.
||"Flags" and "Cookie" at bow of Uncas (YTB-242), 1946. Tug Moanahonga (YTB-258) is in background.
||Ex-Uncas (YTB-242) moored pierside while in commercial service as the Interstate Oil Transportation tug Fort McHenry, date and location unknown.
||Fort McHenry, moored pierside at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 19 November 2012.
Photo copyright user "Evgeniy" via shipspotting.com
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 Information.com - Fort McHenry
Last Updated 07 November 2017
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