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Pontiac (YTB-756)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Alpha - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Pontiac Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 22 March 1960 by the Southern Shipbuilding Corp., Slidell, LA.
  • Launched, 30 June 1960
  • Delivered to the Navy, 11 January 1961
  • Placed in service as Pontiac (YTB-756) in January 1961,
  • Assigned to 6th Naval District, Naval Station Charleston, S.C. in 1961
  • Reassigned to Naval Station Mayport, FL. date unknown
  • Reassigned to Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 April 1996
  • Sold through the General Services Administration (GSA) for reuse, 4 October 2000, to McAllister Towing and Transportation, renamed Kaleen McAllister
    Displacement 311 t.(lt) 409 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 30'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 417 Bbls
    As Built - one Fairbanks Morse Diesel engine, single propeller
    2002 - one EMD 16-645-E5 Turbo Diesel engine, propeller replaced with a Schottel 1515, variable pitch "z-drive" for a rated 3,000 horsepower
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    Pontiac (YTB-756)
    Pontiac 153k Pontiac YTB-756 crew sitting on the starboard quarter of the tug at the dock at Naval Station Mayport, FL. and in front of the forward section of Tomahawk (YTB-789), circa 1975-78. The Tugmaster, Mike Beaver BM1, is in the back row far right, closest to the camera. Mike Beaver BMC USN Ret.
    Pontiac 160k Pontiac YTB-756 completely primed in red lead prior to entering the shipyard. Note the crew member on the top of the mast. Mike Beaver BMC USN Ret.
    Pontiac 64k Tugmaster, Boatswain's Mate First Class (BM1) Rick Bresnock USN, mans the wheel of Pontiac (YTB-756), 7 November 1995, as the tug backs clear of the surface operations pier at NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to meet an incoming ship. The tug Wapato (YTB-788) can be seen out the wheelhouse windows.
    DVIC photo # DNST9700767
    by PH2 Paul J. Spiotta USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Pontiac 49k Pontiac YTB-756 and Dakanawida (YTB-831) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Paul Smith US Navy Tug Boats web site
    Tommy Trampp
    Commercial Service
    Pontiac 92k Ex-Pontiac YTB-756 underway, date unknown in New York Harbor, while in commercial service as the McAllister Towing and Transportation's tug Kaleen McAllister. Note ex-USS Intrepid (CV-11) in the background. Birk I. Thomas

    Pontiac (YTB-756)
    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

    Tug Boat Information - Kaleen McAllister
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