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U.S. Army Ocean Tugs (LT, ST) Built Since WWII

Most recent update: August 28, 2012.


When WWII ended, the Army had over 700 tugs.  Changes in requirements, however, led to a fleet renewal program in the early 1950s, managed by the Navy.  There were three designs: a 107-foot LT, a 65-foot ST and a 45-foot ST.  In total, 65 LTs were built by Avondale, NASSCO, Higgins and Matton, all experienced shipbuilders.  The 202 STs were built by ten shipyards, several of which had little experience of government contracts: the Navy drove down their prices going in and then drove up their costs with change orders and heavy-handed management.  As a result, most lost money, several were bankrupted and some contracts were completed by other shipyards, leading to a little confusion as to who built what.  Many of these boats were transferred almost immediately to the Corps of Engineers and a few are still in service.  In general, however, there is a sad lack of documentation - typical of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps - of what happened to them.  A second renewal program was undertaken in the 1990s, with the construction of six 128-foot LTs - another procurement that the Government messed up - and sixteen 60-foot STs: the fleet now consists of these 22 boats plus a few of the older LTs, and much of the work is now performed by chartered tonnage.  The Army is currently planning to replace this relatively young fleet with a single new class of only 13 boats.  If anyone can add to or correct the table below, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com 

SUMMARY TABLE
NObs Type From To # of Tugs Contractor Location LDT BHP Ft. Notes
5547 LT 1936 1963 28 Avondale MW New Orleans LA 295 1,200 100  
5548 LT 1964 1977 14 Higgins Ind. New Orleans LA 295 1,200 100  
5546 ST 1978 1987 10 Olson Corp./Rawls Beresford FL/Jax FL ~200 600 65 Olson terminated, Rawls took over
5545 ST 1988 2015 28 Mo. Valley Bridge Leavenworth KS ~200 600 65  
5553 ST 2016 2025 10 Roamer Boat Holland MI 122 400 45  
5555 ST 2026 2041 16 Wiley Mfg. Port Deposit MD 122 400 45  
5554 ST 2042 2064 23 Am. Elec. Welding Baltimore MD 122 400 45  
5556 ST 2065 2074 10 NASSCO San Diego CA 122 400 45  
5582 LT 2075 2087 13 NASSCO San Diego CA 295 1,200 100  
5583 LT 2088 2094 7 Higgins Ind. New Orleans LA 295 1,200 100  
5584 LT 2095 2096 2 Matton & Son Cohoes NY 295 1,200 100  
  ST 2097 2099 3     ~200 600 65  
5566 ST 2100 2112 13 Fellows & Stewart Wilmington CA ~200 600 65 Confusion over quantity
  ST 2113 2115 3     ~200 600 65  
5567 ST 2116 2130 15 American BW/Matton Erie PA/Cohoes NY 122 400 45 ABW terminated, Matton took over
5576 ST 2131 2136 6 Fellows & Stewart Wilmington CA ~200 600 65  
5572 ST 2137 2156 20 NASSCO San Diego CA 122 400 45  
5571 ST 2157 2177 21 Roamer Boat Holland MI 122 400 45  
5576 ST 2178 2198 21 Fellows & Stewart Wilmington CA ~200 600 65  
5577 ST 2199 2201 3 Smith's Basin & Dock Port Everglades FL ~200 600 65  
5562 U-25 1435 1435 1 Avondale MW New Orleans LA 295 1,200 100 For the USAF, later LT 2202
5567 U-26 1436 1442 7 American BW Erie PA 122 400 45  
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Later (1990s) Renewal Program
  LT 801 806 6 Derecktor/Halter Middletown RI/Escatawpa MS 924 5,100 128 Derecktor terminated, Halter took over
  ST 901 916 16 Orange Shipbuilding Orange TX 110 1,280 60 Definite

 

DETAILED TABLE
Type # Shipbuilder Hull # LDT BHP LOA Delivery Disposition
LT  1936 Avondale SY 395 295 1,200 107 Dec-52  
LT  1937 Avondale SY 396 295 1,200 107 Dec-52 Later named SGT William W. Seay, out of service 2001
LT  1938 Avondale SY 397 295 1,200 107 Jan-53  
LT  1939 Avondale SY 398 295 1,200 107 Dec-52  
LT  1940 Avondale SY 399 295 1,200 107 Dec-52  
LT  1941 Avondale SY 400 295 1,200 107 Jan-53  
LT  1942 Avondale SY 401 295 1,200 107 Jan-53  
LT  1943 Avondale SY 402 295 1,200 107 Jan-53 To USACOE as Manamet, sold 2012
LT  1944 Avondale SY 403 295 1,200 107 Jan-53 Sold as Washington, now Sea Chief, active in Escanaba MI
LT  1945 Avondale SY 404 295 1,200 107 Jan-53  
LT  1946 Avondale SY 405 295 1,200 107 Jan-53 Sold, now Pilot II, active in Turkey
LT  1947 Avondale SY 406 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1948 Avondale SY 407 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1949 Avondale SY 408 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1950 Avondale SY 409 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1951 Avondale SY 410 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1952 Avondale SY 411 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1953 Avondale SY 412 295 1,200 107 Feb-53 Later named Salerno, to Brownsville TX 2001, no longer active
LT  1954 Avondale SY 413 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1955 Avondale SY 414 295 1,200 107 Feb-53  
LT  1956 Avondale SY 415 295 1,200 107 Mar-53 Later named Fredericksburg, sold 2003, American Patriot 2007, active in Guyana
LT  1957 Avondale SY 416 295 1,200 107 Mar-53  
LT  1958 Avondale SY 417 295 1,200 107 Mar-53  
LT  1959 Avondale SY 418 295 1,200 107 Mar-53 Later named Murfreesboro, out of service 1988
LT  1960 Avondale SY 419 295 1,200 107 Mar-53 Later named Lundy's Lane, out of service 2002
LT  1961 Avondale SY 420 295 1,200 107 Apr-53 Sold 1961, now Rebound, active in Olympia WA
LT  1962 Avondale SY 421 295 1,200 107 Apr-53  
LT  1963 Avondale SY 422 295 1,200 107 Apr-53  
LT  1964 Higgins Ind. 11645 295 1,200 107 Apr-53 To USN as Naugatuck (YTM 753), sold 1974 as Norseman, later Capt. Lee
LT  1965 Higgins Ind. 11646 295 1,200 107 1953 To USN as Woonsocket (YTM 754), sold 1976
LT  1966 Higgins Ind. 11647 295 1,200 107 1953 To USN as Chicopee (YTM 747 ), sold 1976 as Chicopee
LT  1967 Higgins Ind. 11648 295 1,200 107 1953  
LT  1968 Higgins Ind. 11649 295 1,200 107 1953 To USN as Waukegan (YTM 755), sold 1974 as Waukegan
LT  1969 Higgins Ind. 11650 295 1,200 107 1953  
LT  1970 Higgins Ind. 11651 295 1,200 107 Oct-53 Later named Okinawa, sold 2003
LT  1971 Higgins Ind. 11652 295 1,200 107 Nov-53 Later named Normandy, sold, active in Kodiak AK
LT  1972 Higgins Ind. 11653 295 1,200 107 Dec-53 Later named Gettysburg, sold 2003, now Indian Creek, active in Weems VA
LT  1973 Higgins Ind. 11654 295 1,200 107 1953 Later named Shiloh, sold 2002, now Liberian-flag
LT  1974 Higgins Ind. 11655 295 1,200 107 1953 Later named Champagne-Marne, disposition unknown
LT  1975 Higgins Ind. 11656 295 1,200 107 1953 Sold, now Fournier Brothers, active in Wilmington DE
LT  1976 Higgins Ind. 11657 295 1,200 107 1953 To the Philippines as Tiboli (YQ 58), scrapped 1988
LT  1977 Higgins Ind. 11658 295 1,200 107 Dec-53 Later named Attleboro, sold 2003, now in the U.K.
ST 1978 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953  
ST 1979 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953 Later named Fort Stanwix, out of service 1987
ST 1980 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953  
ST 1981 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1954 Later named Ridgefield, sold 1964, Filobus 2005, active?
ST 1982 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953 Later named Groton, out of service 1992
ST 1983 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953 Later named Green Springs, out of service 1987
ST 1984 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953 Later named Scholarie, out of service 1987
ST 1985 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953  
ST 1986 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953  
ST 1987 Olson/Rawls Bros.     850 71 1953  
ST 1988 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-1   850 71 1953 Later named Bemis Heights, sold 2001, now active in Everett WA
ST 1989 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-2   850 71 1954 Later named Eutaw Springs, out of service 1994
ST 1990 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-3   850 71 1954 Later named Mohawk Valley, out of service 2001
ST 1991 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-4   850 71 1954 Later named Oriskany, out of service 1994
ST 1992 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-5   850 71 1954  
ST 1993 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-6   850 71 1954 Later named Cowpens, out of service 2002
ST 1994 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-7   850 71 1954 To Portugal 1961 as RB 1, now Transmar, active?
ST 1995 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-8   850 71 1954  
ST 1996 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-9   850 71 1954  
ST 1997 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-10   850 71 1954  
ST 1998 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-11   850 71 1954  
ST 1999 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-12   850 71 1954 Sold, now General, active in Cheboygan MI
ST 2000 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-13   850 71 1954  
ST 2001 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-14   850 71 1954  
ST 2002 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-15   850 71 1954  
ST 2003 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-16   850 71 1954  
ST 2004 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-17   850 71 1954  
ST 2005 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-18   850 71 11-Jun-54  
ST 2006 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-19   850 71 10-Jun-54  
ST 2007 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-20   850 71 22-Jun-54  
ST 2008 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-21   850 71 7-Jul-54  
ST 2009 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-22   850 71 27-Jul-54  
ST 2010 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-23   850 71 5-Aug-54  
ST 2011 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-24   850 71 16-Aug-54  
ST 2012 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-25   850 71 16-Aug-54  
ST 2013 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-26   850 71 17-Sep-54 Sold, now John Henry, active in Holland MI
ST 2014 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-27   850 71 24-Sep-54  
ST 2015 Mo. Valley Steel 1304-28   850 71 1954 Sold, now Duluth, active in Muskegon MI
ST 2016 Roamer Boat 1 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2017 Roamer Boat 2 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2018 Roamer Boat 3 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2019 Roamer Boat 4 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2020 Roamer Boat 5 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2021 Roamer Boat 6 122 400 45 1953 To USAF as TG8-1924, sold, now Miss Hattie, active?
ST 2022 Roamer Boat 7 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2023 Roamer Boat 8 122 400 45 1953 Later named Bayfield, to USACOE 1962, now a museum in Duluth MN
ST 2024 Roamer Boat 9 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2025 Roamer Boat 10 122 400 45 1953  
ST 2026 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2027 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2028 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953 Later named Santiago, sold as ferry in Colombia, now Steadfast, in the U.K.
ST 2029 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2030 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953 To USACOE 1961 as Escanaba
ST 2031 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953 Preserved at Fort Eustis
ST 2032 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953 Sold 1972 as Spartan, later Duane Merritt
ST 2033 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2034 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2035 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2036 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2037 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2038 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2039 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2040 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2041 Wiley Mfg.   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2042 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2043 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2044 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953 Built in Savannah, sold to Malta, now Filfla, active?
ST 2045 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2046 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953 Built in Savannah, sold to Malta, now Fortuna, active?
ST 2047 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2048 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2049 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2050 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953 Sold, now 8th Sea, active in Plattsburgh NY
ST 2051 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953 Built in Savannah, sold, now Laura, active in Charleston SC
ST 2052 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2053 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2054 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2055 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2056 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2057 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2058 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2059 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2060 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2061 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2062 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953 Sold, now Robbins Reef, active in New York Harbor
ST 2063 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953 Sold, now Robbie R, active in Norfolk VA
ST 2064 Am. Elec. Welding   122 400 45 1953  
ST 2065 NASSCO 196 122 400 45 Sep-52  
ST 2066 NASSCO 197 122 400 45 Sep-52  
ST 2067 NASSCO 198 122 400 45 Sep-52  
ST 2068 NASSCO 199 122 400 45 Sep-52  
ST 2069 NASSCO 200 122 400 45 Oct-52  
ST 2070 NASSCO 201 122 400 45 Oct-52  
ST 2071 NASSCO 202 122 400 45 Oct-52  
ST 2072 NASSCO 203 122 400 45 Nov-52  
ST 2073 NASSCO 204 122 400 45 Nov-52  
ST 2074 NASSCO 205 122 400 45 Dec-52  
LT  2075 NASSCO 222 295 1,200 107 Jun-54 Sold 1984 as Marine Exporter, later Marauder, Cygnus, now David M. Krause
LT  2076 NASSCO 223 295 1,200 107 Jul-54 Later named New Guinea, sold as Relief
LT  2077 NASSCO 224 295 3,200 107 Aug-54 To USN as Mizar (YTM 759), sold 1984 as Marine Explorer, later Courageous, now Cape May
LT  2078 NASSCO 225 295 1,200 107 Sep-54 To USN as Yuma (YTM 748), sold 1984 as Delaware, later Taurus, Mobile Point, now Lesli M
LT  2079 NASSCO 226 295 1,200 107 Oct-54  
LT  2080 NASSCO 227 295 1,200 107 Oct-54  
LT  2081 NASSCO 228 295 1,200 107 Nov-54 Later named San Sapor, sold as Irrua
LT  2082 NASSCO 229 295 1,200 107 Dec-54 To USN as Kaukauna (YTM 749), returned 1987
LT  2083 NASSCO 230 295 1,200 107 Jan-55 To USN as Owatonna (YTM 756), sold 1995, now yacht Tairona
LT  2084 NASSCO 231 295 1,200 107 Mar-55 To USN as Wahpeton (YTM 757), now Lynne
LT  2085 NASSCO 232 295 1,200 107 Mar-55 Later named Anzio, active
LT  2086 NASSCO 233 295 1,200 107 Mar-55 Later named Bataan, out of service 1994
LT  2087 NASSCO 234 295 1,200 107 Apr-55 Later named Kwajalein, out of service 1994
LT  2088 Higgins Ind. 11976 295 1,200 107 Jul-54 Later named Petersburg; out of service 2003
LT  2089 Higgins Ind. 11977 295 1,200 107 1954 To USN as Hackensack (YTM 750), struck 1986
LT  2090 Higgins Ind. 11978 295 1,200 107 1954 Later named SP/4 Larry G. Dahl, sold, now Edward M. Stowe, active in Bermuda
LT  2091 Higgins Ind. 11979 295 1,200 107 1954 Sold, now Alexander, active in Fort Lauderdale FL
LT  2092 Higgins Ind. 11980 295 1,200 107 1954 Later named North Africa, to USN as Manteo (YTM 751), to Nigeria 2002 as Ogbomoso
LT  2093 Higgins Ind. 11981 295 1,200 107 1954  
LT  2094 Higgins Ind. 11982 295 1,200 107 1954 Later named Chancellorsville, out of service 1988
LT  2095 Matton SY 307 295 1,200 107 1954 Later named Shamokin, to USN as Kewaunee (YTM 752), scrapped 1976
LT  2096 Matton SY 308 295 1,200 107 Jul-54 Later named Valley Forge, out of service 2011
  2097              
  2098              
  2099              
ST 2100 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954 Later Barbara Jo, now Island Ranger
ST 2101 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2102 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2103 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2104 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954 Later named Monmouth, sold 2003, now Jamestown, active in Mobile AL
ST 2105 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2106 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2107 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2108 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2109 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2110 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2111 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954  
ST 2112 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1954 Sold, now Tucker Brusco, active in Seattle WA
ST 2113     122 400 45 1954 Later named Charlestown, out of service 1992
ST 2114     122 400 45 1954 Later named Vincennes, out of service 1991
ST 2115     122 400 45 1954 Later named Fort Moultrie, sold, Able One 1992, being restored in the UK
ST 2116 American B&W/Matton 309 122 400 45 1955 Later named King's Mountain, sold 1997, now Orion, active in Mobile AL
ST 2117 American B&W/Matton 310 122 400 45 1955 Out of service 1988
ST 2118 American B&W/Matton 311 122 400 45 1955 Later named Guilford Court House, sold 2001, active in Westport MA
ST 2119 American B&W/Matton 312 122 400 45 1955 Later named Bennington, out of service 1994
ST 2120 American B&W/Matton 313 122 400 45 1955  
ST 2121 American B&W/Matton 314 122 400 45 1955  
ST 2122 American B&W/Matton 315 122 400 45 1955  
ST 2123 American B&W/Matton 316 122 400 45 1955 Later named Ninety-Six
ST 2124 American B&W/Matton 317 122 400 45 1955 Later named Quaker Hill, sold 2002, now Betsy, active in Woods Hole MA
ST 2125 American B&W/Matton 318 122 400 45 1955 Later named Sag Harbor, out of service 1988
ST 2126 American B&W/Matton 319 122 400 45 1955 Later named Stony Point, sold 2004, now yacht Stony Point, active?
ST 2127 American B&W/Matton 320 122 400 45 1955 Later named Appomattox, out of service 1988
ST 2128 American B&W/Matton 321 122 400 45 1955 Later named Dorchester Heights, out of service 1987
ST 2129 American B&W/Matton 322 122 400 45 1955 Later named Bunker Hill, out of service 1991
ST 2130 American B&W/Matton 323 122 400 45 1955 Later named Fort Mifflin, sold 2001, now yacht ST 2130, active?
ST 2131 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1953 Sold, now Rocona II, active in Hoonah AK
ST 2132 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1953  
ST 2133 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1953 Sold, now New Era, active in Portland OR
ST 2134 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1953  
ST 2135 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1953  
ST 2136 Fellows & Stewart     850 71 1953  
ST 2137 NASSCO 243 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2138 NASSCO 244 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2139 NASSCO 245 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2140 NASSCO 246 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2141 NASSCO 247 122 400 45 1954 Sold, now Abaco, active in Eastport ME
ST 2142 NASSCO 248 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2143 NASSCO 249 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2144 NASSCO 250 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2145 NASSCO 251 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2146 NASSCO 252 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2147 NASSCO 253 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2148 NASSCO 254 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2149 NASSCO 255 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2150 NASSCO 256 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2151 NASSCO 257 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2152 NASSCO 258 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2153 NASSCO 259 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2154 NASSCO 260 122 400 45 1954 Sold, now Catharine, active?
ST 2155 NASSCO 261 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2156 NASSCO 262 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2157 Roamer Boat 11 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2158 Roamer Boat 12 122 400 45 1954 To USACE 1962 as Anchor Bay, active as a GLMA training vessel
ST 2159 Roamer Boat 13 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2160 Roamer Boat 14 122 400 45 1954  
ST 2161 Roamer Boat 15 122 400 45 1954 To USACE 1962  as Oconto, sold, now barge Sarah B, active in Muskegon MI
ST 2162 Roamer Boat 16 122 400 45 1954 To USACE 196x
ST 2163 Roamer Boat 17 122 400 45 1954 To USACE 1961 as Cleveland, sold, later Fairchild, scrapped 2006
ST 2164 Roamer Boat 18 122 400 45 1954 To USACE 1962 as Tawas Bay
ST 2165 Roamer Boat 19 122 400 45