The 269 gross ton harbor tug Luckenbach No. 5 was built in 1903 by the Risdon Iron Works at San Francisco, California. Under the name Dauntless she operated on the Pacific Coast until 1916, then moved to the Atlantic seaboard. In late August 1917 the Navy commandeered her from the Luckenbach Steamship Company of New York City. Commissioned in early December and renamed Penobscot (SP-982), she was employed in the vicinity of Norfolk, Virginia, and in Italian waters during the remainder of World War I. She suffered a fire off Villa Franca, Italy, on 5 October 1918 that took the life of one person.
Designated YT-42 in 1920, Penobscot served for two and a half decades as a harbor tug in the New York Harbor area. She was redesignated YTB-42 in May 1944. Placed out of service in late October 1945, Penobscot was stricken from the list of Naval vessels in April 1946 and, at the end of January 1947, transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal.
This page features the only view we have concerning USS Penobscott (SP-982, later YT-42 and YTB-42).
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Photo #: NH 104605
U.S. Navy tug Penobscot (YT-42)
Underway circa the later 1930s, probably in New York Harbor area.
Photograph by Theodore N. Silberstein (better known as Ted Stone).
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 56KB; 740 x 585 pixels
Page made 19 August 2007