USS Chowanoc (ATF-100)

USS Chowanoc (ATF-100) was an Abnaki-class of fleet ocean tug. It was named after an Indian tribe of the same name.[1]

United States
Name: Chowanoc
Builder: Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
Laid down: unknown
Launched: 20 August 1943
Commissioned: 21 February 1944
Decommissioned: 1 October 1977
Struck: 1 October 1977
Fate: Transferred to Ecuador, 1 October 1977
Name: BAE Chimborazo (RA-70)
Acquired: 1 October 1977
Status: In service as of 2019
General characteristics
Class and type: Abnaki-class fleet ocean tug
Displacement: 1,240 long tons (1,260 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)
Draft: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Speed: 16.5 knots (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h)
Complement: 85
Service record
Part of: Pacific Fleet
Commanders: LT. Rodney F. Snipes

Service history

Historical significance

It is notable as being the last ship served on by Richard Benjamin Harrison of Pawn Stars.[2]


  1. "Fleet Tug (ATF)".
  2. "April Fooled". Pawn Stars. Season 8. Episode 49. April 3, 2014. History.
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