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Cahokia I (AT-61)


A Native American tribe belonging to the Illinois confederacy.


(AT-61: displacement 510; length 141'; beam 27'7"; draft 10'7")

The first Cahokia (AT-61) was built in 1920 by Providence Engineering Corp., City Island, N.Y.; transferred to the Navy from the Coast Guard 14 May 1936; and commissioned on 6 November 1936, Chief Boatswain W. C. Kasmire in command. She was reclassified as a harbor tug, YT-135, on 1 January 1938.

Assigned to duty in the Twelfth Naval District, Cahokia operated as a harbor tug at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif; reclassified as a harbor tug (big) YTB-135, on 13 April 1944, she was then placed in service. She was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 8 August 1947.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

5 October 2021

Published: Tue Oct 05 14:45:47 EDT 2021