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Pocahontas (YTM-266)
Pocahontas (YTB-266) (1944-1962)
Pocahontas (YT-266) (1942-1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - India - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Hiawatha Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 27 October 1941, as the Maritime Commission type VE-ME-A1 harbor tug Port Blakeley, (MC hull 433) by Birchfield Boiler Co., Inc., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched 2 May 1942
  • Designated to the US Navy, 4 July 1942, renamed Pocahontas
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission and transferred to the US Navy, 31 December 1942
  • Placed in service, 16 March 1943, as Harbor Tug Pocahontas (YT-266), allocated to the 11th Naval District, at San Diego, CA.
  • Redesignated Large Harbor Tug YTB-266, 15 May 1944
  • Reallocated to the 12th Naval District at San Francisco in 1946, Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Reallocated to the 11th Naval District, at San Diego in 1955
  • Redesignated YTM-266 in February 1962
  • Place out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for commercial service, renamed Sea Lark
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 237 t.
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 14
    Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
    Enterprise DMQ-8 Diesel engine
    single propeller, 700shp

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    Pocahontas (YTB-266)
    238k Pocahontas (YTB-266) assisting USS Nereus (AS-17) as she gets underway from at Mare Island Navy Yard, 3 December 1947.
    File name: AS 17 2378-47 12/3/47.
    Merchant Service
    Pocahontas 106k Ex-Pocahontas (YTM-266) in commercial service as the tug Sea Lark moored pierside in the San Francisco Bay Area, date and location unknown. Photo National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS). Robert Hurst
    Pocahontas 84k Sea Lark underway during a tug race in San Francisco Bay, which she won, date unknown. Behind Sea Lark is the commercial tug Orion (ex-Quileute (YTM-540). This is the winning photo that was on a calendar. Photo courtesy Glen Simmons.
    Photo and text courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS).
    Robert Hurst
    Pocahontas 63k Sea Lark underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
    Photo contributed by Scott Elkington to US Navy Tug Boats
    Robert Hurst

    Pocahontas (YT-266 / YTB-266 / YTM-266)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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