Tonkawa (YTB-786)


Tonkawa (YTB-786) was a United States Navy Natick-class large harbor tug named for Tonkawa, Oklahoma.[1]

Tonkawa (YTB-786)
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After being positioned over the submerged deck of the Dutch heavy lift ship Mighty Servant 1 at Algeciras, Spain, 1 April 1992, Tonkawa (YTB-786) and Eufaula (YTB-800), and the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM-5) wait to be raised out of the water.
Ordered14 January 1965
BuilderMarinette Marine, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down22 December 1965
Launched15 March 1966
Acquired19 May 1966
FateSold into commercial service
General characteristics
Class and type Natick-class large harbor tug
  • 283 long tons (288 t) (light)
  • 356 long tons (362 t) (full)
Length109 ft (33 m)
Beam31 ft (9.4 m)
Draft14 ft (4.3 m)
Speed12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)


The contract for Tonkawa was awarded 31 January 1964. She was laid down on 22 December 1965 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by Marinette Marine and launched 15 March 1966.

Operational historyEdit

Placed in service in June 1966, Tonkawa was assigned to duty at Atlantic Area Advanced Bases, including Naval Station Rota Spain, and provided tug and tow services for the Atlantic Fleet.

Stricken from the Navy Directory in 1992, she was sold 6 October 2000 through the General Services Administration (GSA) to McAllister Towing and renamed Margaret McAllister.[2]


  1. ^ "Tonkawa (YTB-786)". Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Margaret McAllister". Retrieved 30 October 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Photo gallery of Tonkawa (YTB-786) at NavSource Naval History