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Sacagawea I (YT-326)

(YT-241: l. 105'; b. 25'; dr. 13'6") Sacagawea (YT-241)

A Shoshone Indian girl who acted as guide and interpreter for Lewis and Clark on their expedition into the Northwest region of the U.S. "The Bird Woman," as her name was translated, was an invaluable aide to the explorers. On one occasion, she saved the expedition's records after they had fallen in the Missouri River when her husband's boat capsized.



(YT-326: dp. 225; l. 97'; b. 21'8"; dr. 9'; s. 10 k.)

Sacagawea (YT-326) was built in 1925 and acquired by the Navy from Brazil in 1942 as Almirante No-ronka. She was renamed Sacagawea on 1 September 1942 and was placed in service as a harbor tug at Charleston, S. C., upon her delivery on 30 September. Reclassified YTM-326 on 15 May 1944, she served at Charleston until she was placed out of service and struck from the Navy list on 22 June 1945. Sacagawea was then turned over to the State Department for disposal and was sold to foreign purchasers in May 1946.

Published: Tue Sep 01 10:21:32 EDT 2015