USS Namontack (YN-46)

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Career
Name: USS Namontack
Builder: Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan
Laid down: 1938, as Thomas E. Moran
Acquired: by purchase, 28 November 1940
Commissioned: 18 March 1941, as Namontack (YN-46)
Decommissioned: 21 August 1946
Reclassified: YNT-14, 1 May 1942
YTB-738, 2 August 1945
Struck: 30 December 1946
Homeport: Little Creek, Virginia
Fate: Sold, 30 April 1947
General characteristics
Type: Net tender
Displacement: 158 long tons (161 t)
Length: 94 ft 5 in (28.78 m)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)

USS Namontack (YN-46/YNT-14/TYB-738) was built in 1938 as the Thomas E. Moran by the Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan, for the Moran Towing and Transportation Company, New York City. She was purchased by the United States Navy on 28 November 1940; renamed the Namontack and classified YN-46; converted to a net tender at the New York Navy Yard; and placed in service on 18 March 1941.

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Namontack departed New York on 26 March 1941, and on arrival at Norfolk, Virginia, on 28 March, reported for duty to the Commandant 5th Naval District. Based at Little Creek, Virginia, for the duration of the war, she performed tug and net and boom tending services there until 1946, except for the period May to July 1942, when she served on Inshore Patrol duty. During this period, she was reclassified as YNT-14 on 1 May 1942, and was again reclassified to YTB-738 on 2 August 1945. She was placed out of service on 21 August 1946 and was struck from the Naval Register on 30 December 1946. She was sold on 30 April 1947.

The name "Namontack" comes from a Native American sent, in 1605, by Chief Powhatan to live with English settlers in Tidewater, Virginia, and gain knowledge of their customs and language. Christopher Newport took him to England on April 10, 1608 to meet the Virginia Company's investors. Namontack remained there for three months and returned to Virginia.

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