Skenandoa (YTB-835)

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Skenandoa (YTB-835)
USS Pollack (SSN-603).jpg
Skenandoa (center rear) assists the submarine USS Pollack as Pollack arrives off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, in January 1988 for inactivation.
United States
Namesake: Skenandoa (1710–1816)
Awarded: 5 June 1973
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 9 September 1974
Launched: 3 April 1975
In service: 10 June 1975
Honors and
National Defense Service Medal
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Natick-class tugboat
  • 286 long tons (291 t) (light)
  • 346 long tons (352 t) (full)
Length: 108 ft (33 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Draft: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Installed power: 2000 horsepower (1.5 MW)
Propulsion: 1 diesel engine, one shaft
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 12

Skenandoa (YTB-835) is a United States Navy Natick-class tugboat named for Oneida Chief Skenandoa. Skenandoa is the second US Navy ship to bear the name.


The contract for Skenandoa was awarded 5 June 1973. She was laid down on 9 September 1974 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by Marinette Marine and launched 3 April 1975. She is 108 feet long, 29 feet wide, and has a draft of 14 feet. She displaces 286 tonnes (281 long tons; 315 short tons) when empty, and 346 tonnes (341 long tons; 381 short tons) when full. She has a top speed of 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph), and a crew of 12 men.[1] Her hull and superstructure are both made of steel. She is propelled by a diesel engine.[2]

Operational history[edit]

Skenandoa initially was assigned to the 12th Naval District at San Francisco, California, aiding ships in berthing and docking maneuvers and providing waterfront fire protection. Sometime prior to October 2008, Skenandoa was transferred to Bremerton, Washington, where she is in active service.[3] She has been given the National Defense Service Medal for her service.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Harbor Tug (YTB)". Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Naval Vessel Register - SKENANDOA (YTB 835)". Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "World Navies Today: US Navy Minor Auxiliaries & Yard Craft". Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of Skenandoa (YTB-835) at NavSource Naval History