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Piqua (YTB-793)

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

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 29 September 1966, by Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 25 April 1967
  • Delivered to the Navy, 10 July 1967, and placed in service as Piqua (YTB-793) in the 1st Naval District at Boston, MA.
  • Reassigned to Holy Loch, Scotland circa 1964 to 1970
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 13 March 2001
  • Sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to McAllister Towing, Renamed Ellen McAllister, 20 November 2001
  • Current Disposition, active in commercial service
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 55 Bbls
    As Built - one Fairbanks Morse Diesel engine, single propeller
    2007 - two Caterpillar 3516B Diesel engine, propeller replaced with two Schottel SRP 1012 "z-drives" for a rated 4,000 horsepower
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    Piqua (YTB-793)
    Piqua 42k Piqua (YTB-793) underway, probably in the Great Lakes off her builders yard, Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI., shortly before being delivered to the US Navy in early July 1967.
    Photo courtesy Tug Boat Information web site
    Birk I. Thomas
    Hunley 154k Piqua (YTB-793) and Natick (YTB-760) assisting Hunley (AS-31) into her anchorage at Holy Loch, Scotland. USS Simon Lake (AS-33) is on Hunley's opposite side, with masts, cranes and stack visible, June 1966. Photograph was received in June 1992.
    US Navy photo # NH 96831 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Piqua 80k Piqua (YTB-793) underway at Holy Loch, Scotland, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy Tug Boat Information web site
    Birk I. Thomas
    Piqua 104k Piqua (YTB-793) with Natick (YTB-760) alongside to port, assists USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656) at Holy Loch, Scotland, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Jim Coombs.
    Robert Hurst
    Commercial Service
    Piqua 69k Ex-Piqua (YTB-793) underway in Hampton Roads, VA., date unknown, as the McAllister Towing and Transportation Co.'s tug Ellen McAllister.
    Photo courtesy Tug Boat Information web site
    Birk I. Thomas

    Piqua (YTB-793)
    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

    Tug Boat Information - Ellen McAllister
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