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Arcata (YTB-768) iii

(YTB-768: displacement 356 (full load); length 109 feet; beam 31 feet; draft 14 feet; speed 12 knots (trial); complement 12; class Natick)

A village in Humboldt County, Calif., whose name is an Indian word meaning "sunny spot."


The third Arcata (YTB-768) was laid down in May 1963 at Mobile, Alabama, by Mobile Ship Repair, Inc.; launched on 30 November 1963; and completed in April 1964.

After completing her trials, Arcata was placed in service and, by March of 1965, was permanently assigned to the 13th Naval District, based at Seattle, Washington, to provide harbor tug services to ships in the waters of that district.

Ultimately taken out of service, she was sunk as a target on 2 October 2004 at 33'10.20"N, 120'57.1"W in 1,315 fathoms of water.

09 November 2004

Published: Thu Jun 18 09:48:32 EDT 2015