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YTL-422 Class District Harbor Tug, Small:
  • Built in 1945, by Steel Ship Ltd., at Mechanics Bay, Auckland, New Zealand for the US Navy
  • Launched in 1945
  • Order canceled in September 1945 because of the end of World War II
  • YTL-625 never saw service with the US Navy
  • Laid up in reserve by the New Zealand Government Marine Department
  • Reserved for use at Westport by the Marine Department in July 1945
  • Fitted-out at Auckland during 1947, named Kawatiri
  • Renamed James O'Brien in February 1948
  • Sold in 1994 for conversion to a fishing vessel
  • Circa 2001 she was in use as a houseboat
  • Current Disposition, restored and laying at Picton, New Zealand
    Displacement 70 t.(lt) 74 t. (fl)
    Length 75'
    Beam 18'
    Draft 8' (max.)
    Speed unknown
    Complement 4
    Armament unknown
    one Atlas Diesel (mod. 6HS 1558)
    single propeller, 320shp
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    Size Image Description Source
    YTL-618 30k The tug James O'Brien (ex-YTL-625) laying at Picton, New Zealand, circa 2010. Photo source D.B. Wilson Hans van der Ster -"Tugs, Towing and Offshore Newsletter" Vol. 11 No. 43, 24 October 2010

    There is no DANFS history available for YTL-625 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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