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USS Wapato (YTB-788)
USS Wapato (YTB-788))
USS Wapato (YTB-788)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Wapato (YTB-788)
Namesake: A Native American word for a bulbous root of the genus Sagittaria resembling a potato; also the city of Wapato, Washington
Awarded: 14 January 1965
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 14 January 1966
Launched: 18 April 1966
Acquired: 21 June 1966
Struck: 25 April 1996
Fate: Sold 27 December 2002
General characteristics
Class & type: Natick class Large District Harbor Tug
Displacement: 283 long tons (288 t) (light)
356 long tons (362 t) (full)
Length: 109 ft (33 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draft: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Installed power: 2000 horsepower (1.5 MW)
Propulsion: one diesel engine, one screw
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 12
Armament: none

USS Wapato (YTB-788) was a United States Navy Natick class large district harbor tug named for Wapato, Washington.[1]

Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

The contract for Wapato was awarded 14 January 1965. She was laid down on 14 January 1966 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by Marinette Marine and launched 18 April 1966.

Operational history[edit | edit source]

Delivered to the U.S. Navy on 21 June 1966, Wapato was assigned to the 10th Naval District and operated out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, aiding ships in berthing and docking maneuvers and providing waterfront fire protection.

Stricken on 25 April 1996, Wapato was sold on 27 December 2002.

Repowered and chartered for a time to SeaBulk Towing of Florida as Osprey, ex-Wapato is currently active in commercial service as Barbara MacAllister.[2]

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