USS Powhatan (1898)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Powhatan
Namesake: Native American chief Powhatan
Builder: Maryland Steel Company, Baltimore, Maryland
Completed: 1892
Acquired: 8 April 1898
Commissioned: 20 April 1898
Decommissioned: 20 April 1928
Renamed: USS Cayuga 1 September 1917
Fate: Sold for scrapping 5 June 1928
Notes: Named Penwood prior to U.S. Navy service
General characteristics
Type: Tug
Displacement: 194 tons
Length: 101 ft (31 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Complement: 35
Armament: 1 x 3-pounder gun
1 x 37-mm gun

The third USS Powhatan was a steam tug that served in the United States Navy from 1898 to 1928, was renamed USS Cayuga in 1917, and was later designated YT-12.

Powhatan, formerly Penwood, was built in 1892 by the Maryland Steel Company, Baltimore, Maryland. She was purchased by the United States Navy on 8 April 1898 and commissioned on 20 April 1898, Lieutenant F. M. Russell in command.

Powhatan was first attached to the Auxiliary Naval Force based at Pensacola, Florida, from 11 June 1898 to 8 August 1898. Later she was assigned to the Pensacola Navy Yard as yard tug.

In 1900 Powhatan served the Marine Hospital Service, United States Department of the Treasury, as a quarantine vessel at Reedy Island, Delaware. She returned to the U.S. Navy in 1901 as yard tug at the New York Navy Yard

On 1 September 1917 her name was changed to USS Cayuga. She was later given the alphanumeric hull number YT-12.

Cayuga continued to be stationed at the New York Navy Yard until decommissioned on 20 April 1928. She was sold for scrapping on 5 June 1928.


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

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