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Keshena (YNT-5) (1942 - 1945)
Keshena (YN-37) (1940 - 1942)
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.
Beam 22' 6"
Draft 9' 3"
Armament two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
Electromotive 567C 12-cylinder diesel
single propeller, 1200bhp
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||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 tugboatinformation.com.
||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 (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
Last Updated 28 August 2015
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