Wathena (YTB-825)

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Wathena (YTB-825)
USS Wathena (YTB-825).jpg
Wathena (YTB-825) at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, on 28 March 1991
History
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Namesake: Wathena, a Native American chief
Awarded: 9 August 1971
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 4 April 1973
Launched: 6 September 1973
Acquired: 16 October 1973
Struck: 28 October 1997
Identification:
Fate: Sold 17 May 2000
General characteristics
Class and type: Natick-class large harbor tug
Displacement:
  • 286 long tons (291 t) (light)
  • 346 long tons (352 t) (full)
Length: 108 ft (33 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draft: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Installed power: 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Propulsion: one diesel engine, one screw
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 12

Wathena (YTB-825) was a United States Navy Natick-class large harbor tug named for Wathena, Kansas. [1]

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Wathena, Kansas City in Kansas, United States

Wathena is a city in Doniphan County, Kansas, United States, located about 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Saint Joseph, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,364.

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Construction

The contract for Wathena was awarded 9 August 1971. She was laid down on 4 April 1973 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by Marinette Marine and launched 6 September 1973.

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Marinette, Wisconsin City in Wisconsin, United States

Marinette is a city in and the county seat of Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the south bank of the Menominee River, at its mouth at Green Bay, part of Lake Michigan; to the north is Stephenson Island (Wisconsin), part of the city preserved as park. During the lumbering boom of the late 19th century, Marinette became the tenth-largest city in Wisconsin in 1900, with its peak population of 16,195.

Marinette Marine shipbuilding company

Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is a shipbuilding firm in Marinette, Wisconsin. FMM was a subsidiary of Manitowoc Marine Group of Wisconsin; FMM was sold to Fincantieri Marine Group in 2009.

Operational history

Placed in service soon thereafter at Norfolk, Virginia, in the 5th Naval District, Wathena provided assistance and towing services there until probably 1997.

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Stricken from the Navy List 28 October 1997, Wathena was sold by the General Services Administration 17 May 2000. Renamed Patrick McAllister, ex-Wathena is in commercial service.

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References

  1. "Wathena (YTB-825)" . Retrieved 2011-12-10.

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