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Bocachee

A Creek Indian chief, noted in early histories of the present state of Georgia, who established himself and his band of followers in a town called Yamacraw, near the site of what is now Savannah, Georgia. When the Georgia colony was founded by Oglethorpe in 1733, this chief--whose name is also spelled "Tomochich," as well as in several other, similar, ways--was instrumental in negotiating a treaty between the lower Creek Indians and the newcomers. After accompanying Oglethorpe back to England the following year, 1734 (where the Indian leader had his portrait painted), he returned to his native land where he continued to be helpful to the Georgia colonists until he died on 5 October 1739, at approximately 75 years of age. Given a public funeral in Savannah, Bocachee was buried there, and a monument erected to his memory in 1899. The Creek word, Bocachee, is said to mean "the one who causes to fly up."

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As a result of the end of World War II in August 1945, the contract for the construction of Bocachee (YTB 505)--a projected Cholocco-class large harbor tug--was cancelled on 5 November 1945, before her keel had been laid.

Robert J. Cressman



30 January 2006