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USS SAGAMORE (ATA-208) - a Sotoyomo-class auxiliary fleet tug

In Commission 1972 to 1972

ATA-208 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1944-Keel Date: 27 NOV 1944
at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works Port Arthur TX
JAN1945-Launch Date: 17 JAN 1945
FEB1972-Decommissioned: 1 FEB 1972

ATA-208 General Specifications

Class: Sotoyomo-class auxiliary fleet tug

Complement: 45 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 534 tons

Length: 143 feet

Beam: 33 feet 10 inches

Draft: 15 feet

Final Disposition: Transferred to the Dominican Republic 1 February 1972


The third Sagamore, originally designated ATR-135, was laid down as ATA-208 on 27 November 1944 by the Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, Tex.; launched on 17 January 1945; and commissioned on 19 March 1945, Lt. S. D. Northrop in command.

Following shakedown off the Texas coast, ATA-208 departed Galveston on 18 April for Hawaii and general towing duty in the Pacific. Arriving at Pearl Harbor on 2 June, she operated as a unit of Service Squadron (ServRon) 2 for the remainder of the year on towing assignments that took her east to California and west to Okinawa. With the new year, 1946, ATA-208 was reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet. On 2 February, she arrived at Norfolk and reported to the Commandant of the 5th Naval District for operational and administrative control. Named Sagamore on 16 July 1948, she continued general towing duty, ranging the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Primarily engaged in coastal operations, Sagamore towed Cod (SS-224) from New London to Cleveland, via the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959; assisted in the consolidation of the reserve fleets in 1960; and towed APL-41 from Mayport, Fla., to Holy Loch, Scotland, in 1961. In May 1964, she participated in mine recovery operations off the Carolines; then, during the summer, supported Operation SeaLab I which proved that man could survive under the sea for extended periods. From 18 June to 13 August, she towed YFBN-12, the "mother ship" of the project in the Bermuda area.

Often called upon for target towing and torpedo recovery operations in addition to her primary mission of towing at sea and her secondary mission of emergency rescue and salvage, Sagamore continued to serve the Atlantic Fleet until February 1972. She was transferred to the Dominican Republic, under lease, on 1 February and commissioned in the Dominican Navy on the 16th as Caonabo.

[Note: The above USS SAGAMORE (ATA-208) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAGAMORE (ATA-208), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]