USS Osceola (YT-129)
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Osceola (1804-1838), a noted Seminole chief and leader during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842)|
|Builder:||Charleston Navy Yard|
|Launched:||3 March 1938|
|Commissioned:||1 June 1938|
|Renamed:||USS Osceola 17 September 1938 (previously had been USS YT-129)|
|Reclassified:||Large harbor tug YTB-129 12 April 1944
Medium harbor tug YTM-129 early 1962
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping 1 February 1973|
|Length:||124 ft 9 in (38.02 m)|
|Beam:||28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft 0 in (4.27 m)|
Harbor tug USS YT-129 was launched by the Charleston Navy Yard on 3 March 1938 and commissioned on 1 June 1938. She was assigned the name USS Osceola (YT-129) on 17 September 1938.
Osceola reported to the 14th Naval District, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She was stationed at Pearl Harbor throughout World War II, providing assistance in maneuvering larger ships, rendered towing service for naval vessels, and aiding in waterfront firefighting. She was reclassified as a large harbor tug (YTB–129) on 12 April 1944 and was damaged during the West Loch Disaster of 21 May 1944.
After World War II, Osceola continued to provide her vital service to the United States Pacific Fleet. Her classification changed to medium harbor tug (YTM–129) in early 1962.
Osceola was sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) on 1 February 1973.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.