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Sunnadin I (AT-28)


An Anglicized spelling of the Huron Native American town, Sunyendeand


(Ocean-Going Tug No. 28: displacement 1,000 (estimated); length 156'8"; beam 30'0"; draft14'7" (mean); speed 13.0 knots (estimated) ; complement 44; armament 1 machine gun; class Bagaduce)

Katahdin (Ocean-Going Tug No. 28)  was laid down on 3 December 1918 at Bremerton, Wash., by the Puget Sound Navy Yard; renamed Sunnadin on 24 February 1919; launched on 28 February 1919; and commissioned on 20 October 1919.

Sunnadin was assigned to the Fourteenth Naval District and spent almost a quarter of a century in the Hawaiian Islands operating from Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, towing Navy ships and other sea-going craft between ports in the  district. During that time, on 17 July 1920, when the Navy first adopted alphanumeric hull designations, she became AT-28.

She was at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack there on 7 December 1941. On 15 May 1944, she was redesignated as an old ocean-going tuig, ATO-28. In the fall of 1945, Sunnadin was ordered to report to the Commandant, Twelfth Naval District, for decommissioning and disposal. 

Decommissioned on 4 April 1946, Sunnadin was stricken from the Navy Register on 8 May 1946. On 15 January 1947, she was delivered to the Maritime Commission at Mare Island, Calif., for disposal.

Sunnadin received one battle star for her World War II service, in the defense of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

7 March 2024 

Published: Sat Mar 09 17:21:52 EST 2024