USS Uncas (YT-242)

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Name: USS Uncas
Namesake: Uncas (ca. 1588-ca. 1683), a Mohegan chief
Builder: Levingston Shipbuilding Company, Orange, Texas
Acquired: 21 March 1942
Decommissioned: March 1946
Struck: January 1947
Honors and
One battle star for World War II service
Fate: Sold 16 May 1947; returned to commercial service
Notes: In commercial service as Susan Moran and Southwind prior to 1942
General characteristics
Type: Tug
Length: 100 ft (30 m)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m) (mean)
Speed: 12 knots

The fourth USS Uncas (YT-242) was United States Navy tug in commission from 1942 to 1946.


World War Two

Uncas was built by the Levingston Shipbuilding Company at Orange, Texas. She was in civilian service under the names Susan Moran and Southwind before the U.S. Navy acquired her on 21 March 1942 for use during World War II as USS Uncas (YT-242).

Uncas operated actively as part of the Service Force, United States Atlantic Fleet, for the duration of the war. Her most memorable service came in early November 1942, when she helped to defend Convoy SC-107 against German submarines as it crossed the North Atlantic Ocean from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to the United Kingdom.

Post war career

Uncas was placed in an inactive status at Boston, Massachusetts, in March 1946. She was stricken from the Navy List in January 1947 and sold to private ownership on 16 May 1947.


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