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Palatka (YTB-801)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Yankee - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 29 November 1968 by the Southern Shipbuilding Corp., Slidell, LA.
  • Launched, 19 August 1969
  • Delivered, 25 November 1969
  • Placed in service as Palatka (YTB-801) in the 5th Naval District at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 4 April 1995
  • Sold, 16 July 2001, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to Boston Towing for $437,335, Renamed Maverick
  • Current Disposition, operates under contract providing tug service at NOB Norfolk, VA.
    Displacement 291 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    Palatka (YTB-801)
    Palatka 65k Palatka (YTB-801) underway circa 1960's, location unknown.
    Photo from the collections of the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.
    Robert Hurst
    Inchon 1068k USS Inchon (LPH-12) being assisted into her berth in the Hampton Roads area, date unknown. The two tugs appear to be Palatka (YTB-801) at the bow and Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at her stern. David Buell
    Palatka 83k From left to right Palatka (YTB-801), Okmulgee (YTB-765) and Dahlonega (YTB-770) at the tug basin, NOB Norfolk, VA., April 1978. Note Saipan (LHA-2) and ex-Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) in the background. Photo by Bill Fessenden
    Palatka 87k Palatka (YTB-801) tied up at Pier # 1, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, on Armed Forces Day, 16 May 1981.
    Photo contributed by Bill Mozinga to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.
    Robert Hurst
    Palatka 239k Palatka (YTB-801) underway in Hampton Roads, circa summer 1987.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-87-05308, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Palatka 324k Palatka (YTB-801) casts off for the last time, on 26 August 1994, from her former homeport at NAS Burmuda to start her three day journey to her new homeport at Norfolk, VA. The final departure of Palatka was part of a reduction in services associated with the September 1995 base closure of NAS Bermuda.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-95-00659 by PH1 S. Wade Gaines, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Commercial Service
    Wapakoneta 75k Ex- Palatka (YTB-801) at left, as the Boston Towing Companies tug Maverick and ex-Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at left, as the Boston Towing Companies tug Hercules moored in Boston harbor, date unknown. Courtesy Paul Smith

    Palatka (YTB-801)
    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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