USS Iona (YTB-220)

Iona (YT/YTB/YTM-220), a wooden tugboat originally classified YT-220, was launched by Greenport Basin and Construction Company, Greenport, New York, 26 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Martina E. Swanson; and placed in service 2 February 1945. She was the second United States Navy ship of that name.

A drawing of Iona
Name: Iona (YTB-220)
Builder: Greenport Basin and Construction Company, Greenport, N.Y
Launched: 26 August 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Martina E. Swanson
In service: 2 February 1945
Reclassified: YTM-220 in February 1962
Out of service: May 1963
Fate: Burnt in June, 1963, following sinking in May.
General characteristics
Class and type: Cahto-class district harbor tug
Displacement: 410 long tons (417 t)
Length: 110 ft (34 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draft: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 12
Armament: 2 × .50-caliber machine guns

The new tug was assigned harbor duty in the 14th Naval District based at Pearl Harbor, and she remained there until transferred to the Philippines in 1955. At Subic Bay Iona performed harbor duties necessary for the smooth functioning of a great naval base. She was reclassified a 'District Harbor Tug Medium', YTM-220, in February 1962. In June, 1963, following an accidental sinking in May, she was disposed of by burning.


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