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Pessacus

 

A noted 17th century chief of the Narragansett tribe.

 

(YTB–192: dp. 260; l. 101’; b. 28’; dr. 11’; s. 12 k.; cpl. 10; cl. Pessacus)

 

Pessacus (YTB–192), a large harbor tug, was laid down 26 January 1942 by Ira S. Bushey & Sons, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.; launched 17 April; completed 30 July; and placed in service 11 August at the New York Navy Yard.

 

Assigned duties with Commander, Service Force, Atlantic Fleet, Pessacus operated as a tug at Norfolk, Va.; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Reykjavik, Iceland; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Julianahaab, Greenland; and Recife, Brazil.

 

Shortly after World War II she reported to the Commandant, 15th Naval District, Coco Solo, Canal Zone for duty. In 1946 Pessacus was assigned to the Naval Base, Charleston, S.C. to provide harbor services. Scheduled for inactivation, she was placed out of service, in reserve 30 October 1947 and berthed with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, Fla.

 

Pessacus reactivated in June 1951 at the Naval Station, Key West, Fla. Assigned to the 10th Naval District, she operated as a district service craft at Trinidad, B.W.I. until 14 September 1954, when she assumed duties at Roosevelt Roads, P.R.

 

Through 1956, assigned harbor operations at Roosevelt Roads, she provided logistic support for the Gunfire Support Training Unit at Culebra and Vieques Islands, P.R. In 1957 Pessacus shifted to San Juan, P.R., where she provided harbor services until 1963. She was struck from the Navy List and sold in May 1963.

 

Pessacus received one battle star for World War II service.