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Keokuk III (YTB-771)

(YTB-771: dp. 270; l.109'; b. 31'; dr. 14; cpl. 12)

A town in Iowa named for a leader of the Sauk Indians born in Illinois about 1780. His name has been translated as "one who moves about alert" and as "Running Fox." His career was distinguished by opposition to Sauk participation in the Black Hawk War and by skillful diplomacy in negotiations with agents of the Federal Government and leaders of other tribes. He died in 1848 in Kansas.


The third Keokuk (YTB-771) was launched 21 May 1964 by the Mobile Ship Repair Inc., Mobile, Ala.; and placed in service 4 September 1964, Chief Boatswain's Mate Jerry R. Richter in command. She serves in the Norfolk area as a tug.

Published: Tue Jul 28 11:15:44 EDT 2015