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Tahchee

 

A western Cherokee chief who migrated to the Arkansas area early in the 19th century. His raids on the Osage Indians caused the Army to offer a $500 reward for his capture, but a promise of amnesty allowed him to settle down near Fort Gibson. After that, he won renown among Army officers for his skill as a scout and guide.

 

(YN-43: t. 84; 1. 78'; b. 19'3"; dr. 8'6")

 

Calatco—a tug built in 1936 by Ira S. Bushey & Sons, Inc., at Brooklyn, N.Y.—was purchased by the Navy on 22 October 1940 from the Canal Lakes Towing Corp., of New York City; renamed Tahchee (YN-43); converted for naval service at the New York Navy Yard; and placed in service there on 17 December 1940.

 

The following day, she departed New York for duty in the 5th Naval District. She reached Norfolk, Va., on the 19th and served there for almost four months. On2 April 1941, Tahchee put to sea and headed north to Philadelphia where she arrived the next day. After a year of inshore patrol duty in the 4th Naval District, she was reclassified a net tender, YNT-11. On 10 April 1943, she reported for duty at Newport, R.I., and completed her Navy career serving in the 1st Naval District based there. During that time, on 7 July 1945, she was redesignated a medium harbor tug, YTM-736. On 1 September 1946, Tahchee was placed out of service at Melville, R.I.; and, on 8 November, she was declared surplus to the needs of the Navy. Accordingly, her name was struck from the Navy list on 30 December, and she was turned over to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 4 April 1947