USS Wenonah (YT-148)

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Name: USS Wenonah
Builder: Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, New York
Laid down: date unknown
Completed: during the winter of 1940 and 1941
Commissioned: June 1941 as Wenonah (YT-148)
Decommissioned: 1974
Reclassified: YTB-148, 15 May 1944 - YTM-148, in February 1962
Struck: April 1974
Homeport: San Diego, California
Fate: Currently laid up, but sunken at Treasure Island, California.
General characteristics
Class and type: Woban-class district harbor tugboat
Tonnage: 218 tons
Displacement: 325 tons
Length: 100'
Beam: 25'
Draft: 11' (max.)
Propulsion: diesel engine, single screw
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 12 officers and enlisted
Armament: not known

USS Wenonah (YT-148/YTB-148/YTM-148) was a Woban-class district harbor tug which served during World War II in California ports, and continued her service until she was struck by the Navy in 1974. On 17 August 2009, the Wenonah sank while berthed at Treasure Island, CA and was raised by the floating crane Left Coast Lifter on 28 August 2009.[1].

Constructed in New York

Wenonah (YT-148) -- a harbor tug constructed during the winter of 1940 and 1941 at Morris Heights, New York, by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp. -- was placed in service soon after her completion in June 1941.

World War II service

Wenonah served in the 11th Naval District throughout her entire Navy career. She was initially based at San Diego, California; but, during her 33 years of service, she also operated at and visited various other ports on the California coast.

Designation changes

On 15 May 1944, she was redesignated a large harbor tug with the hull designation, YTB-148. Some 18 years later, she again changed designation and became YTM-148, a medium harbor tug.


In April 1974, she concluded her long career and went out of service. Her name was struck from the Navy list, and she was sold for scrapping. The identity of her purchaser is unrecorded, but sources say that the tug is owned by the Historic Tugboat Education and Restoration Society[2]. This ship is currently laid up at Pier 1 at Treasure Island, California, where she sprouted a leak in August 2009 and sank at the pier[3]. News reports indicate that the ship would be hauled to Mare Island, CA for dismantling.

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