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Osamekin

 

A 17th century Wampanoag chief in Rhode Island and, though a son of King Philip, friendly to the English.

 

(YTB–191: dp. 325 (f.); l. 100’; b. 25’; dr. 9’7”; s. 12 k.; cpl. 11; a. 2 50 cal. mg.; cl. Woban)

 

Osamekin (YT–191) was laid down 23 January 1942 at Pacific Coast Engine Co., Oakland, Calif.; launched 16 May 1942; sponsored by Mrs. May A. Negly ; and placed in service 12 February 1943.

 

Built as a priority item of the District Craft building program 1942, Osamekin operated in the San Francisco Bay area until 31 July 1943 when assigned to the 13th Naval District, Seattle, Wash. Assistance to the larger ships using the facilities of the Puget Sound shipyards and ports ended 15 April 1944 with her transfer to Dutch Harbor in the eastern Aleutian Islands. The following month the designation of harbor tugs (YT) changed to YTB.

 

After 1˝ years of service in these northern waters, the Commandant, Alaskan Sea Frontier, reported that YTB–191 sank apparently on 4 December 1945 south of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, cause unknown. The vessel was struck from the Navy List 12 April 1946.