USS Quileute (YTB-540)

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USS Quileute (right) with the civilian tug Chancellor at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Quileute
Namesake: The Quileute, a Native American people from western Washington
Builder: Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation, Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York
Laid down: 17 February 1945
Launched: 14 May 1945
In service: 16 October 1945
Reclassified: From large harbor tug (YTB-540) to medium harbor tug (YTM-540) in February 1962
Fate: Sold for scrapping 1 March 1974
General characteristics
Class and type: Hisada-class harbor tug
Displacement: 310 tons (full)
Length: 101 ft 0 in (30.78 m)
Beam: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
Draft: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
Propulsion: Diesel engine, one shaft
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 10
Armament: 2 x .50-caliber (12.7-millimeter) machine guns

USS Quileute (YTB–540), later YTM-540, was a United States Navy harbor tug in service from 1945 to ca. 1974.

Quileute was laid down 17 February 1945 by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation at Morris Heights, the Bronx, New York, and launched on 14 May 1945. She was placed in service on 16 October 1945 with the 3rd Naval District at New York City as the large harbor tug USS Quileute (YTB-540).

Quileute began active duty for the 1st Naval District at Boston, Massachusetts, in March 1946. In February 1962, she was reclassified as a medium harbor tug and redesignated YTM–540. She remained active with the 1st Naval District into at least 1970.


Quileute was sold for scrapping on 1 March 1974.