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Lone Wolf

 

A Kiowa Chief, one of the nine signers of the Treaty of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, in 1867 that restricted the Kiowa to a reservation. He turned against the white man when his son was killed by Texans in 1873. Captured in 1875, Lone Wolf was imprisoned for three years and died in 1879, shortly after his release from captivity.

 

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YT‑179: displacement 325; length 100'; beam 25'; draft 10'; speed 12 knots)

 

Lone Wolf (YT‑179) was laid down on 5 June 1942 at Jacksonville, Fla., by the Gibbs Gas Engine Co.,; launched on 21 September 1943; sponsored by Miss Veronica Lake, the motion picture actress, in connection with a War Bond Drive at the building yard; and placed in service on 6 April 1943.

 

Adjudged ready for sea on 19 April 1943, Lone Wolf proceeded via Morehead City, N.C., the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and New York City, arriving at the Naval Operating Base, Newport, R.I., on 7 May 1943. Assigned to the 1st Naval District, Lone Wolf performed harbor operations within the 1st Naval District through the end of World War II. During that time, she was reclassified as a big harbor tug YTB‑179 on 13 April 1944 effective 15 May 1944.

Holed by the oiler Caloosahatchee (AO 98)'s starboard propeller during mooring operations, Lone Wolf capsized and sank in Newport harbor on 10 December 1946. She was stricken from the Naval Register on 30 December 1946. Following the completion of salvage operations on 25 July 1947, the tug was declared "not essential to the defense of the United States" on 14 August 1947 and authorized for disposal the following day. She was sold on 22 January 1948 to James A. O'Boyle of New York City.