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Chetek (YTB-827)
Chetek (YTB-827)
Chetek (YTB-827) tied up at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., 7 July 1988.  Agawam (YTB-809) is astern of Chetek.
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Awarded: 9 August 1971
Builder: Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 21 May 1973
Launched: 25 October 1973
In service: 8 December 1973
Struck: 29 February 1996
Fate: Transferred to the US Army of Corps of Engineers, Buffalo, N.Y., 1 March 1996
General characteristics
Class & type: Natick-class large harbor tug
Displacement: 286 long tons (291 t) (light)
346 long tons (352 t) (full)
Length: 109 ft (33 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draft: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 12
Armament: None

Chetek (YTB-827) was a United States Navy Natick-class large harbor tug named for Chetek, Wisconsin.[1]


The contract for Chetek was awarded 9 August 1971. She was laid down on 5 May 1973 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by Marinette Marine and launched 25 October 1973.

Operational historyEdit

Chetek served as a tug in the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, VA. Stricken from the Navy List 29 February 1996, Chetek was transferred to the US Army of Corps of Engineers, Buffalo, N.Y., 1 March 1996.

Chetek's fate is unclear. Navsource indicates that ex-Chetek was renamed Demelon. Further, she is listed for sale as of 2007. Another source indicates that ex-Chetek was renamed Chetek and at some point sold to Basic Towing, Inc. and renamed Nickelena.[2]


  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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