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USS Nottoway (ATA-183)
USS ATA-183 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-110)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-183),15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 14 July 1944, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 16 August 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-183, 26 October 1944, LT. Richard S. Lowry, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 22 October 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Named USS Nottoway (ATA-183), 16 July 1948
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 3 August 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX, 29 December 1971
  • Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. 9 March 1979, and returned to US Naval custody
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    ata-183 40k USS ATA-183 moored pierside in the Panama Canal Zone, circa September 1945. Courtesy NAFTS, Contributed by Bill Rackett
    ata-183 53k USS ATA-183 underway in the Panama Canal towing a section of floating dry dock, circa 3 September 1945. Note ATA-183 is being assisted by two smaller tugs on the port side and a floating crane on the starboard side of the section of floating dry dock. Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Rackett. Robert Hurst
    ata-183 74k Ex-Nottoway (ATA-183) moored at Beaumont, TX. in March 1979. Photo by Bill Fessenden
    ata-183 113k Ex-Nottoway (ATA-183) at Beaumont, TX. in March 1979, being brought alongside USS Hoist (ARS 40) ()not shown) in preparation for towing to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. Photo by Bill Fessenden

    USS Nottoway (ATA-183)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lowry, Richard S., USNR20 October 1944 - June 1945
    02LTjg. Hanson, Roger J., USNRJune 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Ginsberg, Morris, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Hornsby, Henry C., USNRMarch 1946 - 22 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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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