USS Wabaquasset YTB

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Wabaquasset

A tribe or band of Indians who formerly lived west of the Quinnebaug River, in what is now Windham County, Conn. Also the name of the village situated about six miles from the Quinnebaug River, south of the present city of Woodstock, Conn.

(YTB-724: t. 199; 1. 94'3"; b. 25'0"; dph. 13'6"; cl.
YTB-331; T. V2-ME-Al)

Port Hudson-a steel-hulled, metal arc-welded, large harbor tug-was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 440) on 31 December 1941, at Slidell, La., by the Canulette Shipbuilding Co., Inc.; launched on 17 June 1942; sponsored by Miss Jean Canulette; and delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) on 26 April 1943.

On 24 March 1945, the name Wabaquasset and the designation YTB-724 were approved by the Navy for Port Hudson, but the,ship was apparently not taken over for active service. Records indicate that Wabaquasset was in fact not included on Navy crafts' lists. One source indicates that while the WSA owned the ship, the Navy operated her; but this statement is not supported by the sketchy records. Another source indicates that the tug was returned to WSA on 7 June 1945. In any event, it seems probable that the harbor tug saw little, if any, naval service.
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