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Tugboat U.S.S. Wenonah sinks at Treasure Island Pier 1 August 17

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
    U.S.S. Wenonah cruises San Francisco Bay Wenonah (YTM-148) ex Wenonah (YTB-148) (1944 - 1962) Wenonah (YT-148) (1941 - 1944) International Radio Call Sign:
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 23, 2009

      U.S.S. Wenonah cruises San Francisco Bay

      Wenonah (YTM-148)
      Wenonah (YTB-148)
      (1944 - 1962)
      Wenonah (YT-148) (1941 - 1944)

      International Radio Call Sign:
      November - Bravo - Echo - Hotel


      Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

      Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
      Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
      Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)

      Woban Class District Harbor Tug:

      Built in winter 1940-41 at Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Morris Heights, N.Y Launched, date unknown Placed in service in June 1941 as Wenonah (YT-148), allocated to the 11th Naval District Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large, YTB-148, 15 May 1944 Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium, YTM-148, in February 1962 Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register in April 1974 Final Disposition, disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 1 December 1974 Acquired for restoration by Historic Tugboat Education and Restoration Society circa 2002
      Displacement 218 t.(lt.) 325 t.(fl.)
      Length 100'
      Beam 25'
      Draft 11' (max)
      Speed 12 kts.
      Armament unknown
      Propulsion diesel, single screw


      Tricky Salvage Op Needed for Sunken Tug

      Updated 9:31 AM PDT, Sun, Aug 23, 2009


      Salvage operations for the historic tugboat that sank off the coast of Treasure Island will begin this week, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

      Someone walking along the shore last Monday reported the tug was sitting low in the water.  But that night, the boat was completely submerged with only the mast above the water line.

      The 100-foot U.S.S. Wenonah is still resting on the bottom of the San Francisco Bay near Pier One on Treasure Island.

      A small amount of oil spilled into the bay.

      Sunken Tug Leaking Oil Into SF Bay

      Sunken Tug Leaking Oil Into SF Bay

      Crews Pulling Leaky Tug From SF Bay

      Crews Pulling Leaky Tug From SF Bay

      Crews Pulling Leaky Tug From SF Bay

      Cleanup crews quickly removed 200 to 300 gallons of an oily water mixture, and as of Friday, costs had totaled $100,000.

      The Coast Guard still doesn't know why the Wenonah sank, and  although divers have been investigating it underwater, a final determination  can't be made until the boat is salvaged, according to Lt. Cmdr. Gus Bannan,  chief of incident management for the San Francisco division. 

      The water is murky. Divers can only see a few inches so the dives have been mostly a touch and feel exercise.

      It's also unclear who will pay for the salvage or how much it will  cost, but Bannan said the oil cleanup was paid for with funds from the  federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

      The Wenonah is owned by the Historic Tugboat Education and  Restoration Society, which leases the space at Pier One on Treasure Island.

      The U.S.S. Wenonah was built in 1940 and spent 33 years in service before it was decommissioned in 1974.

      Bay City News contributed to this report.

      First Published: Aug 23, 2009 8:50 AM PDT
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