|USS Wandank (AT-26)|
USS Wandank (AT-26) in the 1920s or 1930s
|Career (United States)|
|Builder:||Ferguson Steel and Iron Company, Buffalo, New York|
|Laid down:||7 April 1919|
|Launched:||21 October 1919|
|Commissioned:||23 March 1920|
|Decommissioned:||31 March 1922|
|Recommissioned:||8 May 1922|
|Decommissioned:||20 September 1946|
From Fleet Tug No. 26 to AT-26 1920|
From AT-26 to ATO-26 15 May 1944
|Struck:||13 November 1946|
|Fate:||Transferred to Maritime Commission 17 July 1947|
|Notes:||In commercial service as W. A. Bisso 1947-1971|
|Class & type:||Algorma-class fleet tug|
|Length:||156 ft 8 in (47.75 m)|
|Beam:||30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft 7 in (4.45 m) mean|
USS Wandank (Fleet Tug No. 26) was laid down on 7 April 1919 at Buffalo, New York, by the Ferguson Steel and Iron Company. She was launched on 21 October 1919 and commissioned on 23 March 1920 with Boatswain O. Rhode in temporary command, pending turnover of command to Lieutenant S. J. Drellishak in April 1920. Later that year, her designation was changed from Fleet Tug No. 26 to AT-26 as the U.S. Navy instituted its alphanumeric hull classification system.Assigned to the 5th Naval District, Wandank operated out of Norfolk, Virginia, until decommissioned on 31 March 1922. Recommissioned on 8 May 1922, Wandank resumed the provision of tug services out of Norfolk for the United States Atlantic Fleet in the Hampton Roads-Virginia Capes area. During the summer of 1939, she operated off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, first to assist in rescuing 33 crewmen from the sunken submarine USS Squalus (SS-192) in May 1939, and later to assist in raising the submarine herself, including towing of the raised submarine to shallower water in August 1939.
Wandank was transferred to Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 October 1940 for special duty in the 1st Naval District. She operated out of Boston on coastal towing duties throughout World War II. Her duties included towing yard oilers and other small craft and participating in the towing of transport USS Wakefield (AP-21), which had been severely damaged by fire in September 1942.
On 15 May 1944, Wandank's designation was changed again, to ATO-26.
Decommissioned on 20 September 1946 and struck from the Navy List on 13 November 1946, Wandank was transferred to the Maritime Commission on 17 July 1947 and simultaneously delivered to W. A. Bisso of New Orleans, Louisiana. She was then in commercial service for the New Orleans Coal and Bisso Towboat Company as W. A. Bisso until 1971.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Wandank (Fleet Tug # 26, later AT-26 & ATO-26)
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