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Cahto (YTB-215)


A Native American word meaning "fish."

(YTB-215: length 110'0"; beam 27'0"; draft 11'4"; class Cahto)

The diesel harbor tug YT-215 was laid down at Ipswich, Mass., by W. A. Robinson, Inc., a firm that prior to World War II had specialized in "fishing vessels, cruising yachts," and vessels of "wooden or composite construction." Named Cahto and reclassified as a harbor tug (big) YTB-215 on 15 May 1944 prior to being placed in service on 1 June 1944 in the Third Naval District (New York, N.Y.), Cahto operated in those waters until 5 July 1956 when she was transferred to the Sixth Naval District (Charleston, S.C.) remaining active there until her disposal on 6 May 1957.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

4 October 2021


Published: Mon Oct 04 23:20:21 EDT 2021