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Pocahontas (YTM-266)
Pocahontas (YTB-266) (1944-1962)
Pocahontas (YT-266) (1942-1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - India - Oscar
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

Hiawatha Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Birchfield Boiler Co., Inc., Tacoma, WA (YN 2)
  • Laid down as the Maritime Commission type VE-ME-A1 harbor tug Port Blakely (MC hull 433), 27 October 1941
  • Launched, 02 May 1942
  • Delivered to Maritime Commission, 31 July 1942
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 31 December 1942
  • Placed in service as Harbor Tug Pocahontas (YT-266), 16 March 1943,
  • Allocated to the 11th Naval District, at San Diego, CA.
  • Redesignated Large Harbor Tug YTB-266, 15 May 1944
  • Reallocated to the 12th Naval District at Mare Island, 1946
  • Reallocated to the 11th Naval District at San Diego, 1955
  • Redesignated YTM-266, February 1962
  • Place out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold to Crowley Towing, renamed Sea Lark (ON 548701), 1976
  • Lay derelict in San Pablo Bay, CA for several years
  • Final disposition, scrapped at Sausalito, 25 February 2019
    Displacement 237 tons
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 16 knots
    Complement 14
    Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
    Enterprise DMQ-8 Diesel engine
    single propeller, 700shp

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    Pocahontas (YTB-266)
    238k Pocahontas (YTB-266) assisting USS Nereus (AS-17) as she gets underway from at Mare Island Navy Yard, 3 December 1947.
    File name: AS 17 2378-47 12/3/47.
    Merchant Service
    Pocahontas 106k Ex-Pocahontas (YTM-266) in commercial service as the tug Sea Lark moored pierside in the San Francisco Bay Area, date and location unknown. Photo National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS). Robert Hurst
    Pocahontas 84k Sea Lark underway during a tug race in San Francisco Bay, which she won, date unknown. Behind Sea Lark is the commercial tug Orion (ex-Quileute (YTM-540). This is the winning photo that was on a calendar. Photo courtesy Glen Simmons.
    Photo and text courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS).
    Robert Hurst
    Pocahontas 63k Sea Lark moored out of service in San Pablo Bay, 02 December 2017. Photo copyright George Schneider George Schneider

    Pocahontas (YT-266 / YTB-266 / YTM-266)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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