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Wapato (YTB-788)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Kilo - India

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 14 January 1966, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 18 April 1966
  • Delivered to the Navy, 21 June 1966
  • Placed in service as Wapato (YTB-788) in 10th Naval District, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 April 1996
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 364 Bbls
    one Fairbanks Morse Diesel engine, single propeller
    Repowered/reconfigured, 2006, with two Caterpillar 3516B Diesel engines single propeller and rudder were removed and replaced with a pair of Schottel SRP 1012 "z-drives" for a rated 4,000 horsepower.
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    Wapato (YTB-788)
    Wapato 89k Wapato (YTB-788) tied up at the surface operations pier, NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, 1 December, 1986
    DVIC photo # DNST8702957
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Pontiac 64k Wapato (YTB-788) can be seen through the pilot house window of Pontiac (YTB-756) as Tugmaster, Boatswain's Mate First Class (BM1) Rick Bresnock USN, gets Pontiac (YTB-756) underway, 7 November 1995. Pontiac is backing clear of the surface operations pier at NAS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to meet an incoming ship.
    DVIC photo # DNST9700767
    by PH2 Paul J. Spiotta USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Wapato 62k Wapato (YTB-788) date and location unknown.
    Photo from the collection of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Commercial Service
    Wapato 79k Ex- Wapato (YTB-788) in commercial as the Sea Bulk Towing tug Osprey, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Tug Boat
    Birk I. Thomas
    Wapato 80k Ex- Wapato (YTB-788) in commercial as the McAllister Towing tug Timothy Mcallister, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Tug Boat
    Birk I. Thomas

    Wapato (YTB-788)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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