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USS Sciota (ATA-205)
USS ATA-205 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Lima - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-132)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-205),15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 16 August 1944, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 12 October 1945
  • Commissioned, USS ATR-132, 30 January 1945, LTjg. Russell C. Schulke, USNR in command
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Ocean Tug ATA-205 in 1945
  • During World War II USS ATA-205 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS ATA-205 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 20 February 1946
  • Decommissioned in January 1947 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Named Sciota (ATA-205), 16 June 1948
  • Temporary custody to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia WA., 9 November 1960, Navy ownership retained
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Permanent custody transferred to MARAD, 1 September 1962
  • Temporary custody to the US Navy for the SOAP Program, 27 March to 11 May 1971
  • Returned to MARAD, 11 May 1971, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Permanent custody returned to the US Navy, 14 August 1978
  • 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
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Sciota 434k Trial portraits, port and starboard views, of ATA-205 while underway on the Sabine-Neches waterway just off Lake Sabine, probably a few days before the Navy accepted based on no issues with the trial run. Jim Swank
    Sciota 127k USS ATA-205 moored pierside at Portland, OR., July 1946. Photo from "the Towline" the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors magazine, 1 September 1996, courtesy Bill Platt USS ATA-205. Stan Svec

    USS Sciota (ATA-205)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Schulke, Russell C., USNR30 January 1945 - December 1945
    02LTjg. Perkins, J.C. (JC), USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Enyeart, Donald Curtis, USNMarch 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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