USS Raritan (WYT-93)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Raritan
Namesake: The Raritan River in New Jersey
Builder: Defoe Boat Works, Bay City, Michigan
Launched: 23 March 1939
Acquired: 1 November 1941
Fate: Returned to United States Department of the Treasury for United States Coast Guard service 1 January 1946
Notes: Decommissioned by U.S. Coast Guard 1988
General characteristics
Type: Harbor tug
Displacement: 370 tons
Length: 110 ft (34 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draft: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Speed: 11.2 knots (20.75 km/h)

The second USS Raritan (WYT-93) was a United States Coast Guard harbor tug that served in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1946.

Raritan was built for the Coast Guard by Defoe Boat Works, Bay City, Michigan, and was launched on 23 March 1939. After commissioning, the ship was assigned harbor duties at Boston, Massachusetts.

Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941 transferred the entire Coast Guard from the United States Department of the Treasury to the United States Navy. Raritan continued duty in the Boston Harbor area through the end of World War II in 1945.

After the Coast Guard was returned to the Treasury Department on 1 January 1946 in accordance with Executive Order 9666, Raritan continued to operate in Boston Harbor. She subsequently was transferred to Portsmouth, Virginia. and in 1962 she was assigned to the Great Lakes.

Raritan's career after that awaits further research.

Raritan was decommissioned from Coast Guard service in 1988.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.