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Topenebee (YTM-373)
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Topenebee (YTB-373) (1944 - 1962)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Mike - Foxtrot
NPMF
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


Allaquippa Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built in early 1944 as the District Harbor Tug YT-373 (hull # 233) at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Inc., Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Large, YTB-373, 15 May 1944
  • Completed, 25 May 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 25 May 1944, as Topenebee (YTB-373) at Galveston, TX., 15 May 1944
  • Allocated to the 14th Naval District at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Placed out of service in reserve, 1 May 1947, at Pearl Harbor
  • Withdrawn from Reserve, reactivated, 21 October 1948 and assigned to Midway Island
  • Placed out of service in reserve at Pearl Harbor in November 1953
  • Withdrawn from Reserve, reactivated in December 1956
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-373 in February 1962
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1967
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 206 t.
    Length 102' 2"
    Beam 24'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric
    single propeller, 1,000shp

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    Topenebee 53k Topenebee (YTB-373) on the builders ways at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Inc., Port Arthur, TX. Robert Hurst, courtesy Bill Mozinga and the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS)
    Topenebee 614k Topenebee (YTB-373) on the builders ways at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Inc., Port Arthur, TX.
    Photos from the files of the Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works.
    Jim Swank
    Topenebee 557k
    Topenebee 475k Launch of Topenebee (YTB-373) at Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Inc., Port Arthur, TX. in 1944.
    Photo from the files of the Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works.
    Jim Swank

    Topenebee (YTB-373 / YTM-373)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Center
    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
    Allaquippa Class Harbor Tug schematic
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