USS Wahneta (YT-1)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Wahneta
Namesake: Waneta (or "Wahneta") (ca. 1795-1848), a Sioux chief
Builder: City Point Iron Works, Boston, Massachusetts
Laid down: April 1891
Launched: 3 March 1892
Decommissioned: 4 August 1920
Fate: Sold 6 December 1922
General characteristics
Type: Yard tug
Displacement: 192 tons
Length: 92 ft 6 in (28.19 m)
Beam: 20 ft 11.5 in (6.388 m)
Draft: 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)
Speed: 11.5 knots

For similarly named United States Navy ships, see USS Waneta.

The first USS Wahneta (YT-1) was a United States Navy yard tug in commission from 1892 to 1920.

Wahneta (Yard Tug No. 1) was laid down in April 1891 at Boston, Massachusetts, by the City Point Iron Works. She was launched on 3 March 1892 and subsequently was placed in service and assigned to the 5th Naval District. Stationed at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia, she engaged in unglamorous but vital tug, tow, and general harbor duties.

In February 1893, Wahneta served as a seagoing observation platform off Port Royal, South Carolina. From her deck, observers watched test firings of the 15-inch (381-millimeter) pneumatic rifles of the unique "dynamite gun cruiser" USS Vesuvius.

Returning to her routine work soon thereafter, Wahneta remained based at Norfolk from 1893 to 1922, through both the Spanish-American War and World War I. On 17 July 1920, as the U.S. Navy established its modern hull classification system, Wahneta was designated YT-1.

Subsequently placed out of service at Norfolk on 4 August 1920, the venerable Wahneta was sold on 6 December 1922 to the Norfolk Lighterage Company.


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