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Nanticoke (YTB-803)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Papa - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 26 May 1969, at Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 14 December 1969
  • Delivered to the Navy, 21 June 1970, and placed in service as Nanticoke (YTB-803)
  • Allocated to the 12th Naval District at San Francisco
  • Place out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 November 1999
  • Sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 30 October 2002, Nix's Mate Equipment Co., Salem, N.H. for $311,000. Renamed Canal Protector
  • Resold to McAllister Towing, converted to Z-Drive , renamed Robert E. McAllister
  • Current Disposition, in service
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    (Modernized by McAllister Towing) conversion to two CAT 3516B Diesel main engines, 4,000, two Schottel SRP 1012 Z-Drive
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    Nanticoke (YTB-803)
    Nanticoke 55k Nanticoke (YTB-803) underway, circa early-June 1970 near Sturgeon Bay, WI. while undergoing trials.
    Photo courtesy Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
    Paul Smith, US Navy Harbor Tug Boats web site
    Nanticoke 96k Nanticoke (YTB-803) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Paul Smith, US Navy Harbor Tug Boats web site
    Nanticoke 86k
    Nanticoke 61k Nanticoke (YTB-803) underway, date and location unknown. Tugboat web site
    Nanticoke 72k Nanticoke (YTB-803) alongside an unidentified submarine, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Commercial Service
    Nanticoke 38k Ex-Nanticoke (YTB-803) in commercial service as the Nix's Mate Equipment Co. tug Canal Protector moored in the Cape Cod Canal, date unknown. Paul Smith US Navy Harbor Tugs web site
    Nanticoke 61k Ex-Nanticoke (YTB-803) in commercial service as McAllister Towing's Robert E. McAllister underway in the harbor at Baltimore, MD. date, post-2003.
    Photo courtesy McAllister Towing
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history for Nanticoke (YTB-803) available at Navsource
    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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