|Namesake:||A small leguminous tree found in Mexico and the southwestern section of the United States. Also called desert ironwood.|
|Builder:||Canulette Shipbuilding Co., Slidell, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||11 December 1943 as Tesota (YN-95)|
|Launched:||29 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||16 January 1945 as USS ATA-217|
|Decommissioned:||7 May 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California|
|Reclassified:||AN-71, 20 January 1944; USS ATA-217, 10 August 1944|
|Struck:||21 May 1946|
|Fate:||Burned off Mexico, 17 February 1949|
|Type:||Palo Blanco-class auxiliary fleet tug|
|Propulsion:||diesel-electric, single screw, 2,500hp|
|Complement:||57 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||two single 40 mm AA gun mounts|
USS ATA-217 was an ATA-214-class tug of the United States Navy built near the end of World War II. Originally laid down as Tesota (YN-95), a net tender of the Ailanthus class, she was redesignated as AN-71, a net layer, before launch. Before completion, the name Tesota was cancelled and the ship was named ATA-217, an unnamed auxiliary ocean tug.
ATA-217 was laid down as the net tender Tesota (YN-95) on 11 December 1943 at Slidell, Louisiana, by the Canulette Shipbuilding Company; was reclassified a net laying ship and redesignated AN-71 on 20 January 1944; and was launched on 29 July 1944. However, the name Tesota was canceled on 10 August 1944, and the ship was reclassified an auxiliary ocean tug and re-designated ATA-217 on the same day. She was commissioned on 16 January 1945, Lt. H. A. V. Post, USNR, in command. Following a short shakedown cruise early in February 1945, the tug departed Norfolk, Virginia, for Hawaii and arrived at her home port, Pearl Harbor, on 1 March. After serving there for more than a year, the ship proceeded to the U.S. West Coast.
ATA-217 was decommissioned at Mare Island, California, on 7 May, and was struck from the Navy List on 21 May 1946. ATA-217 was transferred to the U.S. Maritime Commission on 25 March 1947 and was sold the same day to Martinolick Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco, California.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - YN-95 / AN-71 'Tesota - ATA-217