USS Osceola (YT-129)

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USS Osceola (YT-129)
USS Osceola (YT-129) assisting a battleship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
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Name: USS Osceola
Namesake: Osceola (1804-1838), a noted Seminole chief and leader during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842)
Builder: Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina
Launched: 3 March 1938
Commissioned: 1 June 1938
Renamed: USS Osceola 17 September 1938 (previously had been USS YT-129)
Reclassified: Large harbor tug YTB-129 12 April 1944
Medium harbor tug YTM-129 early 1962
Fate: Sold for scrapping 1 February 1973
General characteristics
Type: Harbor tug
Displacement: 890 tons
Length: 124 ft 9 in (38.02 m)
Beam: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
Draft: 14 ft 0 in (4.27 m)

The third USS Osceola (YT-129), previously USS YT-129, later YTB-129, later YTM-129, was a United States Navy harbor tug commissioned in 1938 and sold for scrapping in 1973.

Harbor tug USS YT-129 was launched by the Charleston Navy Yard at Charleston, South Carolina on 3 March 1938 and commissioned on 1 June 1938. She was assigned the name USS Osceola (YT-129) on 17 September 1938.

Osceola reported to the 14th Naval District, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She was stationed at Pearl Harbor throughout World War II, providing assistance in maneuvering larger ships, rendered towing service for naval vessels, and aiding in waterfront firefighting. She was reclassified as a large harbor tug (YTB–129) on 12 April 1944 and was damaged during the West Loch Disaster of 21 May 1944.[1]

After World War II, Osceola continued to provide her vital service to the United States Pacific Fleet. Her classification changed to medium harbor tug (YTM–129) in early 1962.

Osceola was sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) on 1 February 1973.


  1. Cressman, Robert J. (2000). The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Naval Institute Press. p. 229. ISBN 1-55750-149-1. 

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