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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Edenshaw (YT-459) (1943 - 1962)
Helpful (BYT-3) (1942 - 1943)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Hotel
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
Displacement 310 t.
Length 102' 2"
Speed 12 kts.
General Motors Cleveland Div Diesel
single screw, 1000shp
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||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 .
||FNS Coolie (A-684) in drydock at Saigon, French Indo-China, date unknown. Photos courtesy of Roland Grand and Paul Smith .
||FNS Coolie (A-684) moored dockside in a shipyard, date and location unknown. Marine Nationale photo.
||FNS Coolie (A-684) underway, date and location unknown. Marine Nationale photo.
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
Last Updated 13 June 2014
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