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TONKAWA was one of the NATICK - class large harbor tugs and was named after the Indian tribe which lived in central Texas during most of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Tonkawa were war wanderers who lived chiefly on game - mostly buffalo. In 1859, they were placed on a reservation at the Washita River. In 1862, nearly half of the 300 remaining members were massacred by the Delaware, Shawnee, and Caddo warriors for allegedly aiding the Confederacy. Refugees fled to Fort Griffin, Tex. In 1884, the survivors were moved to a small reservation near Ponca City, Okla.
The TONKAWA was stricken from the Navy list in 1992 and was sold to McAllister Towing in 2000.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: January 14, 1965|
|Keel laid: December 22, 1965|
|Launched: March 15, 1966|
|Delivered: May 19, 1966|
|Builder: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.|
|Propulsion system: one diesel propulsion engine, 2000 HP|
|Length: 109 feet (33.2 meters)|
|Beam: 29 feet (8.8 meters)|
|Draft: 13 feet (3.95 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 356 tons|
|Speed: 12 knots|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard TONKAWA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.