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Dekanawida (YTB-334)
Dekanawida (YT-334) (1942 - 1944)
USAMP Colonel George Armistead (1904 - 1930)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Neafie & Levy Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA (YN 978)
  • Launched, 05 March 1904
  • Completed for the US Army as the mineplanter USAMP Colonel George Armistead, July 1904
  • Spent Army career assigned to Coast Defenses of San Francisco
  • Placed out of service, 10 April 1937
  • Sold to Foss Launch and Tug Co., Tacoma, WA, dieselized and renamed Mary Foss (ON 241313)
  • Renamed Agnes Foss, circa 1941
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 02 November 1942
  • Placed in service as Dekanawida (YT-334), date unknown
  • Assigned to Fourteenth Naval District
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug (Large) YTB-334, 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Returned to Foss as Agnes Foss, 1946
  • Sold to Luzon Stevedoring Co., Manila, Philippines, renamed Celtic (IMO 5005262), 1972
  • Final Disposition, unknown - dropped from Lloyd's, 1987
    Displacement 443 gross tons
    Length 142'
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 14' 2"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single propeller, 1,500shp

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    Colonel George Armistead
    Dekanawida 38k George Armistead was born in New Market, Virginia, 10 April 1780. On 18 May 1813, while serving as an artillery officer at Fort Niagara, New York, he took an active part in the American attack on Fort George across the Niagara River in upper Canada and was accorded the honor of delivering the captured British flags to President James Madison. On his taking command of Fort McHenry in June 1813, Armistead ordered a flag made "so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance." He earned his enduring place in American history under that flag at Fort McHenry whose stalwart defense of Baltimore against British attack in 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Armistead remained in command of the fort until his untimely death at age 38 on 25 April 1818. He is buried in Old St. Paul's Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Painting of Col. George Armistead by Rembrandt Peale, 1817. Maryland Historical Society, accession number CA684.
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    Dekanawida (YT-334)
    Dekanawida 144k Dekanawida (YT-334) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Stan Svec
    Commercial Service
    Dekanawida 44k Agnes Foss underway in Elliott Bay, Seattle, WA., date unknown. Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, University of Washington Digital Libraries Collection

    Dekanawida (YT-334 / YTB-334)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest

    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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    Last Updated 13 December 2018