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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Design 255 Small Tugboat:
  • Built by Equitable Equipment Company, Inc., Madisonville, LA (YN 188)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the US Army Transportation Corps as ST 9, February 1944
  • Named Pilsbury (ST 9), 1944
  • Operated in New Guinea and Philippines, 1944-45
  • Retired from Army service, circa 1949
  • Acquired by McAllister Brothers Inc, Wilmington, DE, renamed Elwina McAllister (ON 258998), 1949
  • Repowered with 1,000hp diesel engine, 1976
  • Acquired by Stanwood Towing Co. Inc., Stanwood, MI, renamed Wood Power No. 2, 1978
  • Acquired by Witpower Corp, manager of West Indies Transport Ltd SA, Panama, renamed Witpower II, reflagged Panamanian, 1980
  • Reflagged Guyana, date unknown
  • Sunk by Hurricane Klaus at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, November 1984
  • Raised in April 1985
  • Taken under tow with the intention of making her an artificial reef; she sank prematurely, however
    Displacement 139 gross tons
    Length 82'
    Beam 23'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one 8 cyl National Supply diesel engine, 560hp
    single propeller

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    493k Postcard of Elwina McAllister on the Delaware River, passing Philadelphia's Society Hill Towers, probably in late 1960s. Dave Wright
    88k In commercial service as the McAllister Towing Co. tug Elwina McAllister, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Captain Brian Fournier, courtesy

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