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Skenandoa (YTM-336)
Skenandoa (YT-336) (1942 - 1944)

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

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

Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Willamette Iron and Steel Co., Portland, OR
  • Launched, 22 May 1909
  • Completed for U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps as artillery tender Captain Gregory Barrett 1, 16 August 1909
  • Stationed at San Francisco, 1909-1931
  • Stationed at Ft. Winfield Scott as mine planter service training vessel, 1919 - 1931
  • Received the first wireless telephone message transmitted to a ship at sea from land, 21 July 1911
  • Placed out of service, 1931
  • Registered to petroleum executive George L. Machris, Los Angeles, CA, as yacht Gordon (ON 231770), 1933
  • Purchased by Foss Launch & Tug Co., Tacoma, WA, refitted and dieselized as tug and renamed Mathilda Foss, November 1936
  • Operated under Navy charter, helping build bases at Midway, 1939 - 1940
  • Acquired by Navy and renamed Skenandoa (YT-336), 11 February 1943
  • Assigned to Fourteenth Naval District, 1943 - 1945
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug (Medium) YTM-336, 15 May 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to Foss, 23 January 1946
  • Listed as abandoned in 1964 MVUS
  • Apparently went to Alaska as a floating dormitory, renamed Roxanne
  • Later a cafe and a derelict, finally sank, 1978
    1. Not Barnett, as incorrectly cited in many sources.
    Current Specifications:
    Displacement 149 gross tons
    Length 98' 0" overall
    Beam 22' 0"
    Draft 10' 5"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one six-cylinder, 500 bhp diesel engine
    single propeller

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    Captain Gregory Barrett
    Skenandoa 59k Gregory Barrett was born in Baltimore, Maryland, 22 November 1835. Appointed a Captain in the 4th Maryland Volunteer Infantry, 15 August 1862; Lt. Colonel, 09 March 1863; Brevet Colonel, 04 January 1864. Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service 31 May 1865. Appointed 1st Lieutenant, 26th US Infantry, 28 July 1866. Transferred to Tenth Infantry, 19 May 1869. In command of Company A, Tenth Infantry in Oklahoma at outbreak of Spanish-American War, volunteered to serve in Cuba at age of 62. Died of yellow fever aboard transport Los Angeles at Calentura, Cuba, 07 August 1898. Later reinterred at Arlington National Cememtery.
    Photo of Barrett's grave at Arlington by Edward (Ted)Tyler via
    Dave Wright
    Skenandoa 63k Artillery steamer Captain Gregory Barrett underway in San Francisco Bay, date unknown. US Army Signal Corps photo. Dave Wright

    Skenandoa (YT-336 / YTM-336)
    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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