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Accohanoc (YTB-545)

(YTB-545: dp. 260; l.- 100'0"; b. 25'0"; dr. 9'7" (f.); s. 12 k.; cl. Hisada)

An American Indian tribe of the Powhatan confederacy. The Accohanoc originally inhabited the region that is now Accomac and Northampton Counties in Virginia.

Accohanoc (YTB-545) was laid down on 12 April 1945 at Morris Heights, N.Y., by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 9 July 1945; and delivered to the Navy on 28 December 1945. By that time, however, World War II had ended; and the Navy's need for all types of ships had greatly diminished. Consequently, instead of joining the Fleet, the large harbor tug was placed in reserve at Green Cove Springs, Fla., and remained inactive for 16 months. She was finally placed in service in May of 1947, for duty in the 7th Naval District, plying the waters of Florida. When the 7th Naval District was dissolved on 1 September 1948, Accohanoc reported to the commandant of its successor, the enlarged 6th Naval District. That assignment endured for almost 40 years. In February 1962, the tug was reclassified a medium harbor tug and redesignated YTM-545.

In February 1987, Accohanoc was placed out of service, and her name was struck from the Navy list. As of mid-1987, she was awaiting transfer to some unspecified agency.

Published: Thu Jul 09 14:49:50 EDT 2015