USS Pocahontas (YT-266)

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Name: USS Pocahontas
Namesake: Pocahontas
Builder: Birchfield Boiler Incorporated, Tacoma, Washington
Laid down: 27 October 1941
Launched: 2 May 1942
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1972
General characteristics
Class and type: Hiawatha-class yard tug
Displacement: 237 long tons (241 t)
Length: 100 ft (30 m)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 14
Armament: None

USS Pocahontas (YT-266/YTB-266/YTM-266) was a type V2-ME-A1 Hiawatha-class yard tug in the United States Navy during World War II.

Pocahontas was laid down, under Maritime Commission contract, as Port Blakeley (MC hull 433) by Birchfield Boiler Incorporated, Tacoma, Washington on 27 October 1941. She was launched 2 May 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Alvin Davies.

Renamed Pocahontas (YT–266) on 4 July 1942, she was delivered to the Maritime Commission and transferred to the Navy on 31 December 1942; and placed in service, in the 11th Naval District, 16 March 1943. [1]

Redesignated YTB–266, 15 May 1944, served the 11th Naval District, headquartered at San Diego, until after World War II. Between 1946 and 1955, she operated in the 12th Naval District, headquartered at San Francisco, then returned to the 11th Naval District. Redesignated YTM–266 in February 1962, she continued to provide tug and towing services to that district.

Red Cloud (YTB-268), a type V2-ME-A1, same as the Pocahontas, alongside USNS David C. Shanks (T-AP-180), at the Golden Gate at San Francisco, CA., 1950s

Pocahontas was sold to Crowley Maritime in 1972 and provided tug services until purchased by her present owners in 1997. She is currently listed for sale.

  • Honors

USS Pocahontas earned the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for her service in World War II.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.