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Tonkawa (YTB-786)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Romeo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 22 December 1965, at Marinette Marine Corp, Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 3 March 1966
  • Delivered to the Navy, 19 May 1966
  • Placed in service as Tonkawa (YTB-786) in June 1966, assigned to duty at Advanced Bases, Atlantic Area, Naval Station Rota, Spain
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold through the General Services Administration (GSA) for reuse, 6 October 2000 to McAllister Towing, renamed Margaret McAllister assigned to New York harbor
  • Converted to Z-Drive in 2002
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    (As Built) one 10-cylinder Fairbanks-Morse Diesel engine, single propeller, 2,000shp
    (Modernized by McAllister Towing) conversion to single Schottel 1515 Z-drives in steerable nozzles. Both were also repowered with two 3,000-hp EMD 16-645 Diesel engines
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    Tonkawa 85k Tonkawa (YTB-786) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo courtesy
    Birk I Thomas
    Tonkawa 221k Tonkawa (YTB-786) alongside USS Dixie (AD-17) at Naval Station Rota Spain, 3 July 1976. Note USS Puget Sound (AD-38) in background.
    ©Richard Leonhardt
    Birk I Thomas
    Eufaula 1796k After being positioned over the submerged deck of the Dutch heavy lift ship Mighty Servant I at Algeciras, Spain, 1 April 1992, Tonkawa (YTB-786) and Eufaula (YTB-800), and the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM-5) wait to be raised out of the water. The Mighty Servant I will transport the tugs and the Guardian back to the United States.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-92-08601 , a US Navy photo, by Andrew Felichko PH3 USN, now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Defense Visual Information Center

    Tonkawa (YTB-786)
    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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