A sachem, or chief, of the Wampanoag Indians who lived during the latter half of the 17th century and served under King Philip as a military leader and counselor. When King Philip was killed in August, 1676, Annawan rallied the Wampanoag warriors, led them in escaping from a swamp in which they were surrounded, and carried on a guerrilla campaign against the New England colonists. He was captured later that year and was beheaded at Plymouth, Mass., by order of the colonial authorities.
(YN-50: dp. 95; 1. 71'0"; b. 19'0"; dr. 10'6")
Russell No. 15—a tug build in 1935 at Brooklyn, N. Y., by Ira S. Bushey & Sons—was purchased by the Navy on 28 October 1940 from Newton Creek Towing Co., of New York City; renamed Annawan the following day; designated YN-50: modified for naval service by the New York Navy Yard; and placed in service there on 8 January 1941
The net tender was assigned to the 1st Naval District and arrived in Narragansett Bay to commence duty on 20 January 1941. Annawan spend her entire career tending nets and operating as a tug in the 1st Naval District. On 8 April 1942, she was redesignated YNT-18. Later, on 4 August 1945, Annawan became a medium harbor tug with the alphanumeric hull designation YTM-739. On 1 September 1946, she was placed out of service. Found to be surplus to the needs of the Navy, Annawan was turned over to the Maritime Commission on 6 May 1947 for disposal. Her name was finally struck from the Navy list on 20 December 1948.