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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:
  • Built by Southern Shipbuilding Corp., Slidell, LA (YN 34)
  • Laid down, 22 March 1960
  • Launched, 30 June 1960
  • Delivered to the Navy, 11 January 1961
  • Placed in service as Pontiac (YTB-756), January 1961
  • Assigned to 6th Naval District, Naval Station Charleston, SC, 1961
  • Reassigned to Naval Station Mayport, FL, date unknown
  • Reassigned to Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, date unknown
  • Reassinged to Naval Station Rota, Spain, 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, 04 October 2000
  • Registered to McAllister Towing and Transportation, New York, NY, renamed Kaleen McAllister (ON 1104217), 2000
  • Re-engined with one EMD 16-645-E5 Turbo Diesel engine, propeller replaced with a Schottel 1515, variable pitch "z-drive" for a rated 3,000 horsepower, 2002
    Displacement 311 tons (lt) 409 tons (fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 30'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 12
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 417 Bbls
    one Fairbanks Morse Diesel engine
    single propeller
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    Pontiac (YTB-756)
    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.
    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.
    190k Tugmaster, Boatswain's Mate First Class (BM1) Rick Bresnock USN, mans the wheel of Pontiac (YTB-756), as the tug backs clear of the surface operations pier at NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico to meet an incoming ship, 07 November 1995. 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
    439k Pontiac (YTB-756) and Dekanawida (YTB-831) moored pierside at Naval Station Rota, Spain, 10 March 1987.
    National Archives photo DN-SC-88-06738 by PHAN James L. Salyor.
    Dave Wright
    500k Pontiac (YTB-756) and Dekanawida (YTB-831) moored pierside at Naval Station Rota, Spain, 10 March 1987.
    National Archives photo DN-SC-88-06739 by PHAN James L. Salyor.
    Dave Wright
    Commercial Service
    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 Naval History and Heritage Command website
    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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