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YTL-422 Class District Harbor Tug, Small:
  • Laid down in 1945, by Steel Ship Ltd., at Mechanics Bay, Auckland, New Zealand for the US Navy
  • Order canceled in September 1945 because of the end of World War II
  • YTL-627 never saw service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to the New Zealand navy while only 40% complete in April 1947
  • Launched incomplete in July 1947
  • Completed in August 1948 entering service as the tug Arataki at Devonport, New Zealand
  • Sold to private owners in 1985
  • Resold in June 2005
  • Current Disposition, laying in a derelict state at Careys Bay, Port Chalmers, 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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    YTL-618 3k The tug Arataki (ex-YTL-627) laying in a derelict state at Careys Bay, Port Chalmers, New Zealand, circa 2010 Hans van der Ster -"Tugs, Towing and Offshore Newsletter" Vol. 11 No. 43, 24 October 2010

    There is no DANFS history available for YTL-627 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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