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Tuscarora (ATA-245)
USS Tuscarora (YTB-341) (1944 - 1961)
USS Tuscarora (YT-341) (1942 - 1944)
USS Tuscarora (AT-77) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Kilo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Tuscarora Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down in 1940 at Orange, TX., by the Levingston Shipbuilding Co.
  • Acquired by the Navy in January 1941
  • Launched, 17 July 1941
  • Commissioned, USS Tuscarora (AT-77), 13 December 1941, CHBOSN George Kahel, USN in command
  • Reclassified, Harbor Tug, (YT-341), 5 November 1942
  • Redesignated Large Harbor Tug, (YTB-341), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned in November 1953 and laid up in reserve in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-245) in November 1958
  • Custody assigned to MARAD, 8 March 1961, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet; James River Group, Lee Hall, VA
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • Permanent transfer to MARAD, 1 September 1962
  • Permanent transfer to the Navy, 30 July 1975, for equipment removal and sale
  • Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, 1 October 1976, renamed Challenger
  • Acqauired in 1991 by the Merce Transportation Co. Sylvania, OH., renamed Triton
  • Acquired in 2000 by the Great Lakes Towing Co., Cleveland, OH., name retained
  • Transferred in 2002 to the Great Lakes Group subsidiary the Puerto Rico Tug and Barge Co., San Juan, Puerto Rico, name retained
  • In 2015, the Puerto Rico Tug and Barge Co. was acquired by the Moran Towing Corp. of New Canaan, CT., name retained
  • Acquired in 2016 by El Morro Inc., of Puerto Rico, renamed Providence
  • Re-powered, date unknown with two, EMD 6-645E6 diesel engines, twin screws rated at 3,950 horsepower
  • Current Disposition, unknown
    Displacement 530 t.
    Length 135'
    Beam 30'
    Draft 14' 2"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single propeller, 1,500shp

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    USS Tuscarora (AT-77)
    Tuscarora 58k Tuscarora (AT-77) around the time of her delivery by her builders in December 1941. The gun forward is a 3"/23 AA gun; there are two firefighting nozzles on top of the forward superstructure.
    Cleveland Diesel (G.M.) brochure, loose pages held by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (CUP, L-file) Photo No. None, courtesy,
    Robert Hurst
    Tuscarora 87k Tuscarora (AT-77) moored pierside at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 7 January 1942.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-26537
    Mike Green
    Tuscarora 103k Tuscarora (AT-77) underway near Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 8 January 1942.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-26539
    Mike Green
    USS Tuscarora (YT-341)
    Tuscarora 80k Tuscarora (YT-341) underway, circa 1943. Her small 3" gun has been removed but she retains her two firefighting nozzles on the superstructure.
    US Navy Photo # 80-G-171215 courtesy Shipscribe
    Mike Green
    USS Tuscarora (YTB-341)
    Tuscarora 280k Tuscarora (YTB-341) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Tuscarora (ATA-245)
    Tuscarora 108k Ex-USS Tuscarora (ATA-245) laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet in Maritime Administration custody, 1975. She went on to a long career as a commercial tug.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # NH 96607 by Martin Holbrook.
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    62k Ex-USS Tuscarora (ATA-245) in merchant service as the Puerto Rico Tug and Barge Co. tug Triton moored pierside in Puerto Rico photo by Jose Luis Villafane
    John Spivey
    170k Ex-USS Tuscarora (ATA-245) in merchant service as the tug Triton moored pierside in Guayama, Las Mareas, Puerto Rico, date unknown.
    Photo from by MRPlanespotter
    John Spivey

    USS Tuscarora (AT-77 / YT-341 / YTB-341 / ATA-245)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CHBOSN Kahel, George, USN13 December 1941 - 1 January 1942
    02CHBOSN Snipes, Rodney Fred, USN1 January 1942 - 31 January 1942
    03ENS. Svendsen, Raymond Viggo, USN31 January 1942 - 1943
    04LT. George, John Watson, USNR1943 - 1944
    05LT. Gupa, Arthur Thomas, USNR1944 - 1945
    06LT. Thomas, Milfred Wesley USN1945 - 1946
    06LT. Baldock, Charles Wesley USN1946 - ?
    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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