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Oratamin (YTM-347)
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Oratamin (YTB-347) (1944 - 1962)
Oratamin (YT-347) (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Quebec - Juliet
NGQJ
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


Maritime Commission Type V2-ME-A1 Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down in 1942 as Port Kent under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 451) at Ira S. Bushey & Sons, Inc., Brooklyn, NY (YN 513)
  • Launched and assigned to the US Navy, 23 December 1942
  • Delivered to the Navy, 15 February 1943
  • Placed in service as Oratamin (YT-347) and allocated to the 10th Naval District, at Naval Station San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large YTB-347, 15 May 1944
  • Reassigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, VA in 1952
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-347 in February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Commercial Service
    Acquired by NBC Container Lines, Norfolk VA, renamed Martha M. (ON 528417), 1974
    Acquired by McAllister Towing, renamed Suzanne McAllister, early 1980s
    Renamed Susan Elizabeth, 1989
    Acquired by Zenith Tugboat Co., Duluth, MN, renamed Lacey Von Riedel, date unknown
    Final Disposition, status unknown (documentation expired April 2009)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 218 tons
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion diesel, single screw, 800shp

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    Oratamin (YTM-347)
    Oratamin 93k Overhead view of Oratamin (YTM-347), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo, courtesy Tug Boat Information.com.
    Birk I. Thomas
    Neptune 93k USS Neptune (ARC-2) getting underway at NOB Norfolk, VA. with the assistance of harbor tugs Oratamin (YTM-347) and Chiquito (YTB-499), August 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Neptune 57k USS Neptune (ARC-2) getting underway at NOB Norfolk, VA. with the assistance of harbor tugs Oratamin (YTM-347) and Chiquito (YTB-499), August 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Commercial Service
    Oratamin 83k Ex-Oratamin (YTM-347) in commercial service as the NBC Container lines tug Martha M., date and location unknown.
    Courtesy tugboatinformation.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Oratamin 77k Ex-Oratamin (YTM-347) in commercial service as the McAllister Towing tug Suzanne McAllister, date and location unknown.
    McAllister Towing photo, courtesy tugboatinformation.com.
    Birk I. Thomas
    Oratamin 56k Ex-Oratamin (YTM-347) in commercial service as the McAllister Towing tug Suzanne McAllister, date and location unknown.
    McAllister Towing photo, courtesy tugboatinformation.com.
    Robert Hurst

    Oratamin (YT-347 / YTB-347 / YTM-347)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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