USS Tatoosh (YAG-1)

USS Tatoosh (YAG-1) was a wooden-hulled cargo-passenger vessel, SS Catherine D., that was acquired by the U.S. Navy.

SS Catherine D. underway in Alaskan waters
SS Catherine D. underway in Alaskan waters.
United States
NameCatherine D.
OwnerPacific American Fisheries Inc.
BuilderPacific American Fisheries Inc., Bellingham, Washington
Launched27 February 1918
CompletedNovember 1918
FateDelivered to Navy at Port Winslow, Washington, 9 March 1941
USS Tatoosh (YAG-1,) moored pierside, at Kodiak, Alaska, 17 February 1943. US National Archives photo # 80-G-79596
USS Tatoosh (YAG-1,) moored pierside, at Kodiak, Alaska, 17 February 1943.
United States
NamesakeTatoosh Island, Washington
Acquired2 March 1941
Commissioned17 June 1941
Decommissioned1 December 1944
RenamedTatoosh, 10 April 1941
Stricken11 December 1944
FateScuttled, 29 September 1945
General characteristics
Tonnage2,224 GRT
Length243 ft 4 in (74.17 m)
Beam42 ft (13 m)
Draft21 ft (6.4 m)
Installed power

SS Catherine D., a wooden-hulled steamship built in 1918 at Bellingham, Washington, by Pacific American Fisheries, Inc., was purchased by the Navy on 27 March 1941; renamed Tatoosh (YAG-1) on 10 April 1941; placed in reduced commission on 25 April 1941; was converted to a mobile section base by the Puget Sound Navy Yard; and placed in full commission on 17 June 1941.[1]

World War II serviceEdit

Tatoosh was assigned to the 13th Naval District. Though records of her actual locations do not appear to exist, Tatoosh may well have been assigned to Alaskan waters soon after her commissioning. At any rate, she was reassigned to the 17th Naval District on 15 April 1944, the day upon which the Alaskan part of the 13th Naval District was officially reconstituted as the 17th Naval District. The ship served in the new naval district for the remainder of her career.[1]

Decommissioning and fateEdit

A survey board inspected the vessel in August 1944, and she was decommissioned on 1 December 1944. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 11 December 1944, and her hulk was destroyed on 29 September 1945.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Tatoosh". Naval History and Heritage Command. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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