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YT-24 (1942 - 1944)
USS Tecumseh (YT-24) (1920 - 1942)
USS Tecumseh (1898 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Lima - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal
Bottom Row - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Steel-hulled Steam Tug:
  • Built by John H. Dialogue & Son, Camden, NJ (YN 338)
  • Completed as the steam tug Edward Luckenbach (ON 136548) for Lewis Luckenbach & Co., 1896
  • Purchased by the Navy for $45,000, 02 April 1898
  • Commissioned USS Tecumseh at New York City, 06 April 1898, Lt. George R. Evans in command
  • Decommissioned, 17 September 1898
  • Recommissioned, 1899
  • Decommissioned, 01 July 1911
  • Recommissioned, date unknown
  • Sunk at her pier at the Washington Navy Yard, 22 October 1919
  • Decommissioned, 01 April 1920
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-24), 17 July 1920
  • Recommissioned, sometime between July 1921 and January 1922
  • Name canceled, 05 October 1942
  • Redesignated Harbor District Tug, Medium YTM-24, 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 05 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 22 August 1946
  • Sold to Victory Towing Co., New Orleans, LA, resuming old name Edward Luckenbach, 1947
  • Acquired by E.N. Bisso & Son, New Orleans, LA, 1951
  • Final disposition, out of documentation 1980s
    Displacement 214 tons displacement
    Length 88' 6"
    Beam 21' 6"
    Draft 9' 3" (mean)
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 15
    Armament one 1-pdr, one Gatling gun
    Propulsion steam vertical inverted triple expansion, single screw

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    65k USS Tecumseh ferrying injured sailors from the USS Memphis disaster from hospital ship Solace to Washington Navy Yard, 1916. Bill Gonyo
    636k USS Tecumseh ferrying injured sailors from the USS Memphis disaster from hospital ship Solace to Washington Navy Yard, 1916. Note that somewhere along the way the "U" in her name has fallen off.
    Library of Congress photo, call number LC-H261- 7843 [P&P], Harris & Ewing, photographers.
    Dave Wright
    60k Tecumseh (YT-24) moored at Washington Navy Yard, circa mid-1930s. Dave Wright

    USS Tecumseh (YT-24/YTM-24)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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