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USS Mecosta (YTM-392)
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Name: USS Mecosta
Namesake: Mecosta,a 19th century Potawatomi chief.
Builder: Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation, Morris Heights, New York
Laid down: 13 September 1944
Launched: 28 October 1944
In service: 20 January 1945
Reclassified: Reclassified YTM-391 1 February 1962
Fate: Sold to commercial interests 1 July 1981
General characteristics
Class & type: Sassaba-class harbor tug
Displacement: 260 tons
345 tons (full)
Length: 100 ft 0 in (30.48 m)
Beam: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
Draft: 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m) (full)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 14

Originally contracted to be built as YT‑392 on 7 April 1941, Mecosta (YTB‑392) was laid down by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, N.Y., 13 September 1944; launched 28 October 1944: and placed in service 20 January 1945.

Mecosta was assigned to Service Squadron 1, Service Force, Atlantic Fleet, for a year of towing and salvage duties from arrival off the European coast 1 March. In March 1946 she transferred to the Naval Operating Base at Bermuda for support service as a large harbor tug for the next 9 years. She was redesignated YTM‑392 on 1 February 1962. Mecosta began operations with the Atlantic Fleet, based from Norfolk, Va., in March 1965, continuing her service to the fleet into 1969.


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