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Abinago (YTM-493)
Abinago (YTB-493) (1945 - 1962)

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

Pessacus Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Ira S. Bushey and Sons, Brooklyn, NY (YN 571)
  • Laid down, 25 September 1944
  • Launched, 22 December 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service as Abinago (YTB-493), 14 June 1945
  • Allocated to First Fleet
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet at San Diego, CA, May 1947
  • Towed to the 15th Naval District (Panama Canal Zone) but remained in reserve, date unknown
  • Reactivated and placed in service in the 5th Naval District, at Norfolk, VA, October 1950
  • Reassigned to "Advanced Bases Atlantic," 1958
  • Reclassified as Medium Harbor Tug YTM-493, February 1962
  • Placed out of service and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, March 1967
  • Reactivated and placed in service in the Atlantic Fleet, February 1968
  • Placed out of service at Norfolk, VA, 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 01 May 1975
  • Transferred the Government Services Administration (GSA) for disposal
  • Sold to the University of Georgia Institute of Natural Resources, transferred 21 November 1975
  • Registered to I.S.O., Inc., Miami, Fl as Carla (ON 585588), 1977
  • To Venezuelan flag, 1978
  • At some point renamed Keith
  • Placed back on US registers as Keith, date unknown
  • Declared "out of service" by USCG, 23 October 2014
  • Final disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 240 tons
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 10
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel engine, single propeller

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    Abinago 58k Abinago (YTM-493) approaches the stern of an unidentified ship at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, circa July 1964.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Smith US Navy Harbor Tug Boats
    Robert Hurst
    Abinago 388k Ex-Abinago (YTM-493) as Keith, moored at Port au Prince, Haiti, 01 November 1983.
    Photo copyright Captain Jan Mechers, via
    Dave Wright

    View the Abinago (YTB-493 / YTM-493)
    DANFS entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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