The first Manistee (YT-173) was named for an Indian word meaning island in the river; the second Manistee (YTB-782) was named for a city in Michigan.
(YTB 782: displacement 283 (light); length 109'; beam 31'; draft 14'; speed 12 knots complement 12; class Natick)
The second Manistee (YTB 782) was laid down on 9 August 1965 by the Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wis., and launched, without ceremony, on 20 October 1965. On 23 November 1965, Manistee, in company with another newly constructed tug, Red Wing (YTB 783), departed the builder’s yard for delivery to the Naval Station, San Diego, Calif., where she was placed in service in June.
Since that time, into 1969, Manistee, fitted with special fenders to allow work with the Navy’s round hulled nuclear submarines, has remained in the 11th Naval District, assisting larger Navy ships in docking and performing general towing services. Later in her career, she was assigned to Naval Activities in Japan, and to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.