Yard Tugs (YT, YTB, YTM, YTL) Built or Acquired Before WWII

Most recent update: May 7, 2011.


Yard tugs were initially called harbor tugs and later district harbor tugs.  The designation YT was introduced in 1920 and tugs in service at that time were then assigned YT numbers, although not according to any system that I can see.  Some of the smaller tugs built at Mare Island (#s 86 thru 101), were originally called Motor Tugs and later designated YMTs.  In addition to the numbered tugs listed here, there must have been many more that were disposed of before 1920, but documenting them must be a project for another year.  Complicating this task further, many YTs were later reclassified as YTB (Big), YTM (Medium) or YTL (Little): YTBs were supposed to be >800 hp, YTMs <800 but >400 hp and YTLs <400 hp.  Some were reclassified more than once and the records of which were and which weren't are very confusing.  If anyone can add to or otherwise improve the accuracy of this table, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

YT # Navy Name Original Name Shipbuilder Location Hull # Original Owner YTB YTM YTL LDT Built Acq'd. Disposition
1 Wahneta    City Point IW Boston MA   US Navy       192 1892   Sold 1922
2 Iwana    City Point IW Boston MA   US Navy   x   192 1892   Sold 1946
3 Narkeeta    City Point IW Boston MA   US Navy       192 1892   Sold 1926
4 Unadilla    Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 225 US Navy   x   225 1895   Sold 1947
5 Samoset    Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA   US Navy   x   225 1897   Sold 1947
6 Penacook    New York NSY Brooklyn NY   US Navy   x   230 1898   Sold 1947
7 Pawtucket    Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 225 US Navy   x   225 1898   Scrapped 1947
8 Pentucket    Boston NSY Charlestown MA   US Navy       230 1904   Scrapped 1947
9 Sotoyomo    Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA 225 US Navy   x   225 1904   Scuttled 1946
10 Triton Douglas H. Thorne Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 287 Dougherty & Co.       212 1888 1889 Sold 1930
11 Fortune  Fortune  Tetlow, James Boston MA           450 1865 1871 Sold 1922
12 Powhatan Penwood Maryland Steel Sparrows Point MD 3 Foard Tptn.       194 1892 1898 Renamed Cayuga 1917, scrapped 1928
13 Hercules Hercules Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 281 P. Wright & Son       198 1888 1898 Sold 1937, now museum in San Francisco
14 Active  Active  Union Iron Works San Francisco CA 10 Spreckels Bros.       296 1888 1898 Renamed Lively 1918, sold 1930, scrapped 1963
15 Massasoit A. W. Booth Neafie & Levy Philadelphia PA 909 Moran Towing       202 1898 1898 Sold 1937
16 Modoc Enterprise Supple & Martin Portland OR   American Towing       240 1890 1898 To NDRF 1947
17 Mohawk Thomas P. Fowler Marvel, T. S., & Co. Newburgh NY   Cornell Steamboat   x   368 1893 1898 Sold 1948, reefed 1970
18 Accomac El Toro Newport News  SB Newport News VA   Southern Pacific RR   x   187 1891 1898 Renamed Nottoway 1918, sold 1946
19 Sioux P. H. Wise Neafie & Levy Philadelphia PA 849         155 1892 1898 Renamed Nyack 1918, sold 1921
20 Pontiac Right Arm Maglehan, Peter Athens NY           401 1891 1898 Renamed Passaic 1918, sold 1922 
21 Pawnee John Dwight Rodermond & Co. Tompkins Cove NY   George T. Moon       275 1896 1898 Sold 1922 
22 Rocket  Rocket  Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 301         206 1899 1911 Sold 1933
23 Tacoma Hortense Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 326 O'Connor & Smoot       130 1893 1898 Renamed Sebago 1900, scrapped 1937
24 Tecumseh Edward Luckenbach Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 338 Luckenbach & Co.   x   214 1896 1898 To NDRF 1946
25 Vigilant George W. Pride Cramp SB Philadelphia PA 232 Spreckels Bros.       300 1883 1898 Sold 1928 
26 Choctaw C. G. Coyle Neafie & Levy Philadelphia PA 857 W. G. Coyle       152 1892 1898 Renamed Wicomico 1918, in collision and scrapped 1940
27 Wompatuk Atlas Harlan & Hollingsworth Wilmington DE           323 1886 1898 Later YO 64 1941, scuttled 1942
28 Advance  Advance  Davis, M. M. Solomons MD           167 1912 1918 Sold 1934
29 Barnett  Barnett  Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 438 Steel Towage & Wrecking       194 1911 1917 Sold 1936 as Richard Simmons, Raymond Card 1941, scrapped 1948
30   Robert Rogers Brown, A. C. & Son Tottenville NY           179 1904 1917 Later Bouker No. 2, acquired as SP 1275, sold 1922
31 Saco Alexander Brown Brown, A. C. & Son Tottenville NY   Aransas Dock       119 1912 1918 Acquired as SP 2725, sold 1927
32 Catawba Howard Greene Baltimore DD & SB Baltimore MD 85     x   147 1917 1918 Sold 1946
33 Mendota Concord Hillman SB & E Philadelphia PA   Staples Tptn.       353 1898 1917 Later Muscotah 1932, sold 1937
34 Dreadnaught Dreadnaught Union Iron Works San Francisco CA 171 Rolph Nav.       450 1918 1918 Later YNG 21 1940, destroyed 1944 
35 Nausett Carl R. Gray Chas Rhodes & Sons Baltimore MD           115 1918 1918 Sold 1933 
36 Francis B. Hackett Francis B. Hackett Johnston Bros. Ferrysburg MI       x   290 1917 1917 Later Shenandoah 1920, Choptank 1923, sold as Gloria St. Philip 1969, Choptank 1979, Admiral 1989, scrapped 2006
37 Yuma Asher J. Hudson Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 307 Alabama Coal Tpt.       136 1891 1918 Sold 1921 as Marathon
38 John L. Lawrence  John L. Lawrence  Roach, John, & Sons New London CT   Menhaden Products       150 1877 1917 Sold 1921 
39 Navigator Navigator Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 341 J. Needham x     470 1898 1917 To NDRF 1947
40 Nonpareil Nonpareil Palmer, Robert, & Sons Noank CT   Merchants & Miners       167 1904 1917 Sold 1921 
41 Chase S. Osborn  Chase S. Osborn  Johnston Bros. Ferrysburg MI   Frank Perry       492 1906 1918 Sold 1921 
42 Penobscot Dauntless Risdon Iron Works San Francisco CA   Spreckles Bros. x     415 1904 1917 Ex-Luckenbach No. 5, sold as Mary B, scrapped 1947
43 Pocomoke Pocomoke Brewster Bros. Baltimore MD   Menhaden Products       139 1902 1917 Returned to owner 1918
44 Underwriter  Underwriter  Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 214 N.O. Pilots       170 1881 1918 Renamed Adirondack 1920, sold 1922
45 James Woolley  James Woolley  Lockwood Mfg. East Boston MA   Commercial Tow Boat Co       92 1899 1918 Struck 1936, scuttled 1963
46 Harbor Tug No. 46   Charleston NSY Charleston SC   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
47 Harbor Tug No. 47   Charleston NSY Charleston SC   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
48 Harbor Tug No. 48   New Orleans NSY New Orleans LA   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
49 Harbor Tug No. 49   New Orleans NSY New Orleans LA   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
50 Harbor Tug No. 50   New Orleans NSY New Orleans LA   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
51 Harbor Tug No. 51   Chance Marine Annapolis MD   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1919 as Chincoteague, sold 1925
52 Harbor Tug No. 52   Chance Marine Annapolis MD   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1919 as Choptank, sold 1925
53 Harbor Tug No. 53   Clayton SB Clayton NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
54 Harbor Tug No. 54   Clayton SB Clayton NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
55 Harbor Tug No. 55   Clayton SB Clayton NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
56 Harbor Tug No. 56   Eastern Shore SB Sharpstown MD   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1919 as Chenango, sold 1924
57 Harbor Tug No. 57   Eastern Shore SB Sharpstown MD   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
58 Harbor Tug No. 58         US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
59 Harbor Tug No. 59     Milwaukee WI   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1919 as Chautauqua, sold 1934
60 Harbor Tug No. 60     Milwaukee WI   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1919 as Chippewa, sold 1935 
61 Harbor Tug No. 61   Greenport Basin Greenport NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
62 Harbor Tug No. 62   Hiltebrant DD Kingston NY   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1920 as Chattahoochee, sold 1924 as A. G. Laun
63 Harbor Tug No. 63   Hiltebrant DD Kingston NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold 1922 as Claire A. Moran
64 Harbor Tug No. 64   Hiltebrant DD Kingston NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold 1921 as National
65 Harbor Tug No. 65   Hiltebrant DD Kingston NY   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1919 as Chicopee, sold 1935 as Harry M. Lee
66 Harbor Tug No. 66   Jacob, Robert City Island NY   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1920 as Chulahoma, sold 1933 as Julia C. Moran
67 Harbor Tug No. 67   Jacob, Robert City Island NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
68 Harbor Tug No. 68   Jacob, Robert City Island NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
69 Harbor Tug No. 69   Jacob, Robert City Island NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
70 Harbor Tug No. 70   Jacob, Robert City Island NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
71 Harbor Tug No. 71   Luders Marine Stamford CT   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
72 Harbor Tug No. 72   Luders Marine Stamford CT   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
73 Harbor Tug No. 73   Luders Marine Stamford CT   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
74 Harbor Tug No. 74   Luders Marine Stamford CT   US Navy       215 1919   Sold as Margaret A. Moran
75 Harbor Tug No. 75   Mathis Yacht Camden NJ 92 US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1919 as Chowan, sold 1924
76 Harbor Tug No. 76   Mathis Yacht Camden NJ 93 US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
77 Harbor Tug No. 77   New York Yacht Morris Heights NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
78 Harbor Tug No. 78   New York Yacht Morris Heights NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
79 Harbor Tug No. 79   New York Yacht Morris Heights NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
80 Harbor Tug No. 80   New York Yacht Morris Heights NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
81 Harbor Tug No. 81   New York Yacht Morris Heights NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
82 Harbor Tug No. 82   Vinyard SB Milford DE   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
83 Harbor Tug No. 83   Vinyard SB Milford DE   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
84 Harbor Tug No. 84   Wheeler SB Brooklyn NY   US Navy       215 1919   Sold in the 1920s 
85 Harbor Tug No. 85   Wheeler SB Brooklyn NY   US Navy       215 1919   To USCG 1920 as Chillicothe, sold 1925
86 Harbor Tug No. 86   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
87 Harbor Tug No. 87   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
88 Harbor Tug No. 88   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
89 Harbor Tug No. 89   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
90 Harbor Tug No. 90   Pearl Harbor NSY Honolulu HI   US Navy     x 54 1919   Scrapped 1944 
91 Harbor Tug No. 91   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
92 Harbor Tug No. 92   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
93 Harbor Tug No. 93   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
94 Harbor Tug No. 94   Pearl Harbor NSY Honolulu HI   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
95 Harbor Tug No. 95   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
96 Harbor Tug No. 96   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
97 Harbor Tug No. 97   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   Later YH 1
98 Harbor Tug No. 98   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
99 Harbor Tug No. 99   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   To NDRF 1947
100 Harbor Tug No. 100   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   Later YH 2
101 Harbor Tug No. 101   Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1919   Later YH 3
102 Alida  Alida  Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 323         79 1905 1912 Sold 1921 
103 Balanga  Balanga                    1898 Captured at Cavite, struck 1921 
104 Banaag    Whampoa Dock Hong Kong, HK   US Navy       125 1911   Lost at Olongapo 1942
105 Barcelo  Barcelo  Chantier Normand Le Havre, France           100 1886 1898 Captured at Cavite, sold 1922
106 Christine    Whampoa Dock Hong Kong, HK   US Navy       125 1902   Later YFB 13, sold 1935 
107 Iona  Iona                    1898 Captured at Cavite, lost at Cavite 1942
108 Mercedes  Mercedes                    1898 Captured at Cavite, scuttled 1942
109 Peoria Philadelphia Neafie & Levy Philadelphia PA 910 City of Philadelphia       487 1898 1898 Sold 1922
110 Uncas Walter J. Luckenbach Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 310 Luckenbach SS       441 1893 1898 Sold 1922 as Joseph D. Wood, later Henry W. Card, Relief
111 Delaware  Delaware  Tull, E. James Pocomoke City MD   Delaware Fish Oil Co.       242 1913 1917 Sold 1935
112 Active  Active  Union Iron Works San Francisco CA       x   270 1919 1925 Struck 1947
113 Diligent  Diligent  Smith, Leathem D., SB Sturgeon Bay WI   US Shipping Board       177 1919 1925 Struck 1935
114 Choctaw Sampson Northwest Eng. Green Bay WI   US Shipping Board       177 1919 1926 Sold 1937 as St. George
115 Reindeer  Reindeer  Chance Marine Eastport MD   US Shipping Board   x   177 1920 1931 Sold 1945
116 Vaga General Weeks   Shanghai, China   US Army       529 1910 1930 Scuttled off Corregidor 1942 
117 Harbor Tug No.117    Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1932   To NDRF 1947
118 Harbor Tug No.118  SMB 3197 Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy     x 54 1917 1932 To NDRF 1947
119 Geronimo    Boston NSY Charlestown MA   US Navy   x   270 1933   Sold 1948
120 Stallion  Stallion  Chance Marine Eastport MD   US Shipping Board   x   177 1920 1931 Sold 1945
121 Arapaho    Seattle Construction Seattle WA 79 US Navy       575 1914   Sold 1937
122 Tillamook    Seattle Construction Seattle WA 81 US Navy       575 1914   Sold 1947
123 Wando    Charleston NSY Charleston SC   US Navy x     575 1917   Ex-AT 17, sold 1947
124 Chemung    Norfolk NSY Portsmouth VA   US Navy       575 1917   Scrapped 1937
125 Undaunted  Undaunted  Union Iron Works San Francisco CA 172 Rolph Nav.       833 1918 1918 To NDRF 1947
126 Challenge L. Luckenbach Dialogue & Son Camden NJ 296 Luckenbach SS   x   346 1889 1918 Ex-Defiance 1905, struck 1946
127 Patriot  Patriot  Defoe BW Bay City MI 89 US Coast Guard       210 1926 1936 YP 69 1938, to NDRF 1947
128 Powhatan    Boston NSY Charlestown MA   US Navy   x   406 1938   Scrapped 1972
129 Osceola    Charleston NSY Charleston SC   US Navy   x   222 1938   Scrapped 1973 
130     Pearl Harbor NSY Honolulu HI   US Navy   x     1939   Sold 1947 
131 Massasoit    Charleston NSY Charleston SC   US Navy   x   222 1939   Scrapped 1973
132 Harbor Tug No. 132   Charleston NSY Charleston SC   US Navy   x   222 1938   To France 1944 as Monette
133 Narkeeta    Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy   x   250 1939   To NDRF 1947
134 Wahneta    Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   US Navy   x   250 1939   To NDRF 1947
135 Cahokia Bayside Providence Eng City Island NY   US Shipping Board x     510 1920 1921 Scrapped 1953
136 Tamaroa Bartolome Bethlehem Steel Elizabethport NJ 2134 US Shipping Board x     705 1919 1936 Ex-USCG, sunk in collision 1947
137 J. M. Woodworth  J. M. Woodworth  Neafie & Levy Philadelphia PA           135 1903 1937 Ex-USPHS, sold 1939