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Keshena (YTM-731)
Keshena (YNT-5) (1942 - 1945)
Keshena (YN-37) (1940 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Xray - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Yard Net Tender:
  • Built by Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Port Arthur TX (YN 131)
  • Laid down as the tug General but completed for Card Towing as Raymond Card for Card Towing (ON 239098), 1939
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 20 September 1940
  • Placed in service as Yard Net Tender Keshena (YN-37)
  • Allocated to the 10th Naval District at Naval Station Guantanamo, Bay Cuba
  • Reclassified Yard Net Tender Tug YNT-5, 8 April 1942
  • Reclassified Harbor Tug Medium YTM-731, 4 August 1945
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 12 February 1947
  • Sold to McAllister Towing and renamed Mary L. McAllister, 1947
  • Sold to North American Towing and renamed Seneca, 1981
  • Sold to Billington Contracting, Duluth, MN, 1991
  • Sold to Zenith Towing, Duluth, MN, 2000
  • Foundered under tow in bad weather on Lake Superior and beached near Grand Marais, MI, 03 December 2006
  • Salvaged and towed to Sault Ste. Marie, MI, fate unknown
    Displacement 132 t.
    Length 94'
    Beam 22' 6"
    Draft 9' 3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Electromotive 567C 12-cylinder diesel
    single propeller, 1200bhp
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    Keshena 64k Ex-Keshena (YTM-731) in merchant service as tug Mary L. McAllister, moored at a Norfolk pier, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy Harold E. Tartell, via
    Robert Hurst
    Keshena 65k Ex-Keshena (YTM-731) underway and docking ships at Duluth, MN. as Zenith Towing's tug Seneca, date unknown Courtesy Paul Smith, US Navy Harbor Tugs
    Keshena 64k

    Keshena (YN-37 / YNT-5 / YTM-731)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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