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Wapakoneta (YTB-766)

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

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Southern Shipbuilding Corp., Slidell, LA (YN 44)
  • Laid down, 01 August 1962
  • Launched, 11 June 1963
  • Delivered, 25 July 1963
  • Placed in service as Wapakoneta (YTB-766), October 1963
  • Assigned to the Fifth Naval District at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 April 2001
  • Sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to Boston Towing & Transportation Co., East Boston, MA, for $296,037 and renamed Hercules (ON 1127419), 16 July 2001
  • Sold to Runner Marine, Ltd., Lagos, Nigeria, name retained, 2011
  • Current status unknown
    Displacement 283 tons(lt) 356 tons (fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    one Fairbanks Morse 10-38D-81/8 diesel engine
    single propeller, 1,800shp
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    Wapakoneta (YTB-766)
    Inchon 1068k USS Inchon (LPH-12) being assisted into her berth in the Hampton Roads area, date unknown. The two tugs appear to be Palatka (YTB-801) at the bow and Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at her stern. David Buell
    Guadalcanal 78k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) and two unidentified tugs assist USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) at Norfolk, VA, 10 August 1964. Underway in the background is USS O'Hare (DD-889). ©Richard Leonhardt
    Wapakoneta 80k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) alongside USS Hyades (AF-28) at NOB Norfolk, VA, 24 July 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Wapakoneta 75k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway after assisting in the mooring of USS Fremont (APA-44) at Pier 4, NOB Norfolk, VA, 26 August 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Okmulgee 90k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway at NOB Norfolk, VA, in the background, 24 August 1964. Wapakoneta and Okmulgee (YTB-765) have just completed the mooring of USS Fremont (APA-44) outboard of USS Aldebaran (AF-10) at Pier 4, NOB Norfolk, VA, 26 August 1964. Photo taken from USS Muliphen (AKA-61) at Berth 301. © Richard Leonhardt
    CVA-67 John F. Kennedy 103k Front to back, Wapakoneta (YTB-766), Marinette (YTB-791) and Dahlonega (YTB-770) push USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) into position at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., circa 1967-68. Robert Hurst
    Dahlonega 1640k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway with Dahlonega (YTB-770) off NOB Norfolk, VA, 20 October 1978.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-88-00741 by PH3 Robert DeWayne, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Visual
    Tom Kermen
    Wapakoneta 251k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway in Hampton Roads off NOB Norfolk, VA, 01 January 1990.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-91-06149 by PH1 Micheal D.P. Flynn, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Wapakoneta 86k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) moored at NOB Norfolk, VA, 19 September 1999. Photo copyright George Schneider. George Schneider
    Commercial Service
    Wapakoneta 75k Ex-Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at right, as the Boston Towing tug Hercules and ex-Palatka (YTB-801) at left, as the Boston Towing tug Maverick moored in Boston harbor, date unknown. Courtesy Paul Smith
    Wapakoneta 80k Ex-Wapakoneta (YTB-766) as the Boston Towing tug Hercules, date and location unknown. Photo copyright Matt Ruscher via Dave Wright

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