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Quileute (YTM-540)
Quileute (YTB-540) (1945 - 1962)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Hisada Class District Harbor Tug, Large:
  • Built by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, NY
  • Laid down, 17 February 1945
  • Launched, 14 May 1945
  • Delivered and placed in service, as Quileute (YTB-540), 16 October 1945
  • Assigned to the Third Naval District at New York Navy Yard
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-540, February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1973
  • Sold, March 1974
  • Transferred to Maine Maritime Academy for cannibalization
  • Purchased by Calumet Marine Towing, Chicago, IL
  • Converted to twin-screw tug by Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, WI, 1974-76
  • Placed in service by Calumet as Lenny B. (ON 583761), 1976
  • Sold to Cross Link, Inc., San Francisco, CA, renamed Orion, 1992
  • Rebuilt and widened 7 feet by Bay Ship & Yacht, Alameda, CA
  • Currnetly active with Westar Marine Services, San Francisco, CA
    Displacement 310 tons (fl)
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 10
    Armament two .50 caliber machine guns
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    Quileute (YTB-540)
    Quileute 469k Quileute (YTB-540) with the civilian tug Chancellor at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1946. The Navy tug filled in during a tugboat operator's strike. There are a number of other tugs in the background, including Ozette (YTB-541), along with an unidentified heavy cruiser.
    Library of Congress photo LC-USZ62-134627
    Tom Kermen
    Quileute 73k Quileute (YTB-540) and two unidentified tugs assist Boston (CAG-1) into a berth at Naval Shipyard Boston, July 1960. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Commercial Service
    Quileute 326k Ex-Quileute (YTB-540) in service as Lenny B., on the Calument River, Chicago, IL, October 1978. Photo copyright Tony Last via Dave Wright
    Quileute 298k Ex-Quileute (YTB-540) in service as Orion, underway off Richmond, CA, 18 April 2019. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider

    Quileute (YTB-540 / YTM-540)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    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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