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Edenshaw (YTB-459)
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Edenshaw (YT-459) (1943 - 1962)
Helpful (BYT-3) (1942 - 1943)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Hotel
NBTH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal


Allaquippa Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down in 1942 under terms of the Lend Lease Act for the Royal Navy as the District Harbor Tug Intent (BYT-3), at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Renamed Helpful, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Royal Navy when completed, commissioned HMT Helpful, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy, circa 1943-44, at the Moroccan Sea Frontier and placed in service as Edenshaw (YT-459) the same day, assigned to the Moroccan Sea Frontier
  • During World War II Edenshaw was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 West Coast of Italy operations-1944,
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, 22 January to 1 March 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Reclassified as Large Harbor Tug YTB-459, 15 May 1944
  • Upon her return to US Navy custody she was transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Transferred, 17 October 1944, under Lend-Lease to France, commissioned into the France navy as FNS Coolie (A-684)
  • Returned to US custody in 1949
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal, sold to France
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1949
  • Final Disposition, decommissioned by the French navy, 16 December 1981, at Toulon and sold for scrapping
    Specifications:
    Displacement 310 t.
    Length 102' 2"
    Beam 24'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion
    General Motors Cleveland Div Diesel
    single screw, 1000shp
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    Edenshaw 94k Ex-Edenshaw (YTB-459) in French naval service as FNS Coolie (A-684) in the yard at Saigon, French Indo-China, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Roland Grand and Paul Smith . Robert Hurst
    Edenshaw 96k FNS Coolie (A-684) in drydock at Saigon, French Indo-China, date unknown. Photos courtesy of Roland Grand and Paul Smith . Robert Hurst
    Edenshaw 62k
    Edenshaw 34k
    Edenshaw 145k FNS Coolie (A-684) moored dockside in a shipyard, date and location unknown. Marine Nationale photo. Robert Hurst
    Edenshaw 75k FNS Coolie (A-684) underway, date and location unknown. Marine Nationale photo. Robert Hurst

    Edenshaw (YT-459 / YTB-459)
    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
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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