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USS Seneca (ATF-91)
USS Seneca (AT-91) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Sierra - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (4-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)

Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 2 February 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Seneca (AT-91), 30 April 1943, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, LT. Herman B. Conrad in command
  • During World War II USS Seneca was assigned to the American Theater
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-91), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1971
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 18 November 1971 for lay up with the James River Group, National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1985
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target, 21 July 2003
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,674 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16k.5kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one 60Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    four General Motors 12-278A Diesel-electric main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gear
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Seneca 393k Launch of Seneca (ATF-91) at Cramp Philadelphia, PA., 2 February 1943. Ray Soderberg
    Seneca 182k Photo of USS Seneca (ATF-91)'s depth charge tracks while moored at Navy Yard Philadelphia, 17 May 1943.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Seneca 497k USS Seneca (ATF-91) crew member loads a magazine drum into one of the ship's 20mm anti-aircraft guns. Ray Soderberg
    Seneca 102k USS Seneca (ATF-91) under way near Norfolk Navy Yard, 22 May 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-97998 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Seneca 122k Overhead view of USS Seneca (ATF-91) under way, circa 1957, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Seneca 83k USS Seneca (ATF-91) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1959.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Seneca 134k USS Seneca (ATF-91) under way, circa 1965, location unknown. Alan Owens
    Seneca 154k USS Seneca (ATF-91) under way in Valletta Harbor, Malta, 1966.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miler BMCS USNR Ret.
    Seneca 64k USS Seneca (ATF-91) moored at NavPhib Base Little Creek, VA, 1971 Submitted by Harvey Naeser to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Seneca 74k USS Seneca (ATF-91) moored at NavPhib Base Little Creek, VA, 1971. USCGC Cherokee (WMEC-165), ex ATF-66, is tied up astern of Seneca Submitted by Harvey Naeser to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Seneca (ATF-91)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Conrad, Herman Bruno, USN30 April 1943 - 19 May 1944
    02LCDR. Ferguson, Garwood William, USNR19 May 1944 - 6 February 1946
    03LTjg. Heck, Walt Conaway, USN6 February 1946 - 1947
    04LT. Sherwood, Charles Grady, USN1947 - 1949
    08LCDR. Hodges Jr., James William, USN1957
    09LCDR. Orr, Stanley Cecil, USNno dates
    10LT. Agnew Jr., Dwight Merle, USN (USNA 1954)31 July 1961 - 1963
    11LCDR. Henry Jr., Albert Luther, USN (1956)1963 - 22 March 1965
    12LCDR. Alves Jr., Arcenio, USN22 March 1965 - March 1967
    13LCDR. Bissell, Allen Morris, USN (USNA 1960)March 1967 - March 1969
    14LT. Connell Jr., William Charles, USNMarch 1969 - 1971
    15LT. Lustman, Ronald Raymond, USN1971 - 1 July 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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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