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USS Sagamore (ATA-208)
USS ATA-208 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Mike - Mike
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 - National Defense Service Medal

USS Sagamore (ATA-208) was loaned to the Dominican Republic and renamed Caonabo (RM-18)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-135)
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-208), 15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 27 November 1944, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 17 January 1945
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-208, 19 March 1945, LT. Stewart D. Northrop in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-208 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Named, USS Sagamore (ATA-208), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned and transferred, (loaned) under terms of the Mutual Defense Program to the Dominican Republic, 1 February 1972, renamed Caonabo (RM-18)
  • Returned to US Naval custody and struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1979
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 12 January 1994
    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 Gears
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    USS ATA-208
    Sagamore 32k USS ATA-208, underway , circa 1945-46, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Jim Bessing
    Robert Hurst
    USS Sagamore (ATA-208)
    Sagamore 136k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) on the starboard side of the lock. On the port side of the lock, is USS Samoset (ATA-190) during a goodwill tour to Cardiff Wales, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by George Antellas.
    Robert Hurst
    Sagamore 33k USS Sagamore (ATA-208), underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Submitted by Jim Bessing to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Sagamore 37k USS Sagamore (ATA-208), underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Submitted by Rich Cherry to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Sagamore 56k USS Sagamore (ATA-208), underway in the Chesapeake Bay in 1969.
    US Navy photo.
    Sagamore 97k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) bridge area. Vince Venincasa USS Sagamore
    Sagamore 231k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) Christmas card, 1971. Vince Venincasa USS Sagamore
    Sagamore 140k USS Sagamore (ATA-208) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Vince Venincasa USS Sagamore
    Caonabo (RM-18)
    Sagamore 110k Caonabo (RM-18) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    For more photos and information about USS Sagamore, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
  • Transfer Ceremony Program
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Northrop, Stewart DeLamater19 March 1945 - 1946
    02LT. Bahlau, Paul Francis, USN1946 - 1948
    03LT. Rightmeyer, Harry Howard, USN1948 - ?
    04LT. Crawford, William Travis, USN (USNA 1954January 1958 - August 1959
    05LCDR. Crim, Billy Ray, USN1961 - 10 July 1963
    06LT. Boerner, Delbert Dean, USN10 July 1963 - September 1965
    07LCDR. Rankin, James Frederick, USNSeptember 1965 - 1967
    08LCDR. Lister, Charles M., USN1967 - 1969
    09LCDR. Levi, George Elston, USN1966 - 1 February 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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