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Penobscot (YTB 42)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Sugar - Baker


Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Fox - Love

Harbor Tug:

  • The second Penobscot was built in 1903 as Luckenbach No. 5 by Risdon Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Placed in service as USS Penobscot (SP 982), 28 April 1917
  • Accepted by the Navy 29 August 1917
  • Commissioned 5 December 1917
  • Caught fire 5 October 1918 off Villa Franca, Italy, salvaged, one killed and one wounded
  • Reclassified as a Harbor Tug, YT-42 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as a Large Harbor Tug, YTB-42 in May 1944
  • Placed out of service 29 October 1945 at New York
  • Struck from the Navy list 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 31 January 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 950 t.
  • Length 121'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 13' 6"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 38
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired boilers, one 2,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Penobscot 95k Seen as YT-42
    Underway circa the later 1930s, probably in New York Harbor area
    Photograph by Theodore N. Silberstein (better known as Ted Stone)
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104605
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Edgar L. Raymond, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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