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USS Wahpeton (YTM-527)
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Name: USS Wahpeton
Namesake: The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Dakota or Sioux.
Builder: Gibbs Gas Engine Company, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
Laid down: 23 June 1945
Launched: 29 September 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Emery H. Price
Completed: 2 January 1946
In service: August 1946
Reclassified: Medium harbor tug (YTM-527) in February 1962
Struck: 31 December 1985
Notes: One of two U.S. Navy tugs named USS Wahpeton in service between 1968 and 1974, the other being USS Wahpeton (YTM-757)
General characteristics
Class & type: Sassaba-class yard tug
Displacement: 238 tons
310 tons (full)
Length: 101 ft 0 in (30.78 m)
Beam: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)
Draft: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, single propeller
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 10

The first USS Wahpeton (YTB-527), later YTM-527, was a harbor tug in commission from 1946 through at least 1979.

Wahpeton was laid down on 23 June 1945 at Jacksonville, Florida, by the Gibbs Gas Engine Company, Inc. She was launched on 29 September 1945, sponsored by Mrs. Emery H. Price, the wife of Congressman Emery H. Price, a member of the U.S. House Naval Affairs Committee, and was completed on 2 January 1946.

Listed as "out of service" with the Texas group of the National Defense Reserve Fleet as of March 1946, Wahpeton was activated in August 1946. She was assigned to the 6th Naval District and placed in service at Charleston, South Carolina, soon thereafter. She was reclassified as a medium harbor tug and redesignated YTM-527 in February 1962.

From 1968 until 1974, she was one of two U.S. Navy tugs in service as USS Wahpeton, the other being tug USS Wahpeton (YTM-757).

Wahpeton was stricken from the Navy List on 31 December 1985.


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