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Genesee II (AT-55)

(AT-55: dp. 688; l.170'; b. 29'; dr. 16'; s. 15 k.; a. 1 3")

Towns in Idaho, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania; and a river in Pennsylvania and New York. Genesee is an Indian word meaning a beautiful valley

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The second Genesee (AT-55), formerly Monocacy (S. P. 1116), was built in 1905 by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrow's Point, Md.; acquired 27 July 1917; and commissioned 10 November 1917, Lt. C. H. T. B. Tissell, USNRF, in command.

Genesee sailed from Philadelphia 20 November 1917 and, after joining a convoy at New London, reached Queenstown, Ireland, 27 January 1918. Until the end of World War I she operated in the Bremerhaven-Queenstown areas patrolling, towing, and serving as standby for deep sea rescue work. After towing Luella from Queenstown to Brest, Genesee arrived Ponta Delgada, Portugal, 31 December 1918 and served as a tug at that port until 1 April 1919 when she sailed for Brest. She provided tug services and aid to stricken ships and finally got underway 30 September for a 7-month tour of duty off Spalato, Dalmatia, and in Castella Bay.

Next assigned to the Far East, Genesee arrived Cavite, Luzon, 7 September 1920 for permanent duty on the Asiatic Station. She spent the summer of 1921 with the fleet at Chefoo, China, and returned to Cavite 19 September. Subsequently she operated as a tug, a ferry, and a target tow in the Philippines until she was scuttled at Corregidor 5 May 1942 to avoid capture.

Genesee was awarded one battle star for World War II service.

Published: Fri Feb 05 12:01:36 EST 2016