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Accohanoc (YTB-545)


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

(YTB-545: displacement 260; length 100'0"; beam 25'0"; draft 9'7" (full load); speed 12.0 knots; class Hisada)

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 big harbor tug was placed in reserve at Green Cove Springs, Fla., and remained inactive for 16 months.

Accohannoc was finally placed in service in May of 1947, for duty in the Seventh Naval District, plying the waters of Florida. When the Seventh Naval District was dissolved on 1 September 1948, she reported to the commandant of its successor, the enlarged Sixth Naval District. That assignment endured for almost 40 years, during which time, in February 1962, she was reclassified as a medium harbor tug and re-designated YTM-545.

In February 1987, Accohanoc was placed out of service, and her name stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. On 10 June 1987 she was disposed-of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration.

Renamed TD-25, she operated in the James River Reserve Fleet. TD-25 was swamped during Hurricane Floyd, which made landfall near Cape Fear, N.C., during the mid watch on 16 September 1999.

Raymond A. Mann

Updated, Robert J., Cressman

21 November 2022  

Published: Mon Nov 27 09:52:28 EST 2023