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USS Powhatan, a 194-ton tug, was built in 1892 at Baltimore, Maryland, for commercial use. Purchased by the Navy in April 1898, she was active along the Gulf coast during the Spanish-American War. After that conflict, she mainly served as a harbor tug at the New York Navy Yard. Renamed Cayuga in 1917, and designated YT-12 a few years later, she was decommissioned in April 1928 and scrapped the following June.
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Photo #: NH 43694
USS Powhatan (1898-1928)
Photographed circa 1898-99 or the early 1900s.
This tug was renamed Cayuga in 1917.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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11 October 1998