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Swatane (YTB-344) (1944 - 1962)
Swatane (YT-344) (1942 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - November - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Hiawatha Class District Harbor Tug:
Laid down in 1942 as the Maritime Commission type VE-ME-A1 harbor tug Port Crane, (MC hull 448) by Ira S. Bushey & Sons Inc. at Brooklyn, N.Y.
Delivered to the US Army, designated Port Crane (LT-290)
Acquired by the US Navy, 25 November 1942
Renamed and designated Swatane (YT-344), 1 December 1942, Boatswain Charles Wentz in charge
Allocated to the 3rd Naval District at New York
Redesignated Harbor Tug, Large (YTB-344), 15 May 1944
Reallocated, 13 July 1956, to the 6th Naval District at Mayport, FL.
Redesignated Harbor Tug, Medium (YTM-344) in February 1962
Placed in reserve, out of service, in September 1962 at Charleston, S.C.
Struck from the Naval Register in September 1964
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 237 t.
Draft 9' 7"
Speed 16 kts.
Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
Enterprise DMQ-8 Diesel engine
single propeller, 700shp
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
US Navy Harbor Tug Boats
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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