Red Cloud, an Indian Chief, was born in 1822 in Nebraska. He opposed the construction of a road from Fort Laramie, Wyo., along the Powder River, to the gold regions of Montana. He claimed that increased travel along the road would destroy the buffalo hunting grounds of his tribe. Several skirmishes were fought near Fort Phil Kearney, Wyo., in 1866 and 1867, before Red Cloud achieved his aims in a treaty signed at Fort Laramie 6 November 1868. He did not participate actively in the Sioux War of 1876 or in the rebellion of 1890-91. He was an Indian delegate to Washington on several occasions. He died at Pine Ridge, S.D., 10 December 1909.
(YT - 268: displacement 310 (full load); length 100’; beam 28’; draft 10’; speed 13 knots; complement 17; armament 2 machine guns; class Hiawatha)
Red Cloud (YT-268) was laid down 1 December 1941, as Port Ludlow, MC hull 435, by Birchfield Boiler, Inc., Tacoma, Wash.; launched 2 May 1942; and placed in service 8 March 1943.
Red Cloud was reclassified YTB on 15 May 1944, and reclassified YTM in February 1962. After wartime service on the west coast, she remained active into 1974 as a harbor tug in the San Francisco Bay area.
23 September 2005