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Sakarissa (YTM-269)
Sakarissa (YTB-269) (1944-1962)
Sakarissa (YT-269) (1943-1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Lima - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Hiawatha Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 13 April 1942, as the Maritime Commission type VE-ME-A1 harbor tug Port Madison, (MC hull 436) by Birchfield Boiler Co., Inc., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched 14 July 1942
  • Designated to the US Navy, 4 July 1942, renamed Sakarissa
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission and transferred to the US Navy, 12 April 1943
  • Placed in service, 26 April 1943, as Sakarissa (YT-269)
  • Assigned to assist in the assembly and towing of USS ABSD-1 to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands, arriving 2 October 2943
  • Redesignated large harbor tug YTB-269, 15 May 1944
  • Arrived with USS ABSD-1 at Samar, Philippine Islands, in spring 1945
  • Mid-April 1946 Sakarissa departed the Philippines for the US via the Marshall Islands and Pearl Harbor, reaching San Francisco, 22 August 1946
  • Redesignated medium harbor tug YTM-269 in February 1962
  • Place out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 January 1974
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for further service with the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, CA.
  • Current Disposition, purchased by Mr. Harold Elliott, undergoing restoration
    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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    Sakarissa 243k Ex-Sakarissa (YTM-269) moored on the Columbia River at Portland, OR., 2 July 2011. Photo by Lyn Topinka

    Sakarissa (YT-269 / YTB-269 / YTM-269)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Old Tacoma Marine Inc.- tugboat Sakarissa
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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