Tamaroa AT-62

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Tamaroa AT-62

Tamaroa


(AT-62: dp. 705 (n.); 1. 161'3"; b. 27'6"; dr. 10'7";
s. 11k.)

Tamaroa-a cutter built for the Coast Guard in 1919 at Elizabeth, N.J., by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.—was transferred to the Navy on 14 May 1936 at San Francisco, Calif., designated an ocean tug AT-62; and commissioned at Mare Island Navy Yard on 6 November 1936.

Tamaroa served all of her almost 10-year long Navy career in and around San Francisco Calif., She was initially assigned to the Commandant 12th Naval District, and that assignment continued until mid-1942. On 1 January 1938, she was reclassified a harbor tug, YT136. On 23 July 1942, she was reassigned to the Commander, Western Sea Frontier, continuing to operate in San Francisco harbor. Tamaroa was again reclassified on 13 April 1944, when she was designated a large harbor tug, YTB-136. Three months later, she was decommissioned and placed in service. The tug continued to serve in the 12th Naval District until 27 January 1946, when she collided with Jupiter (AVS-8) and sank in 42 feet of water in San Francisco harbor. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 25 February 1946.

 

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