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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Cahto Class District Harbor Tug
    Keel Laid 31 August 1944 - Launched 20 January 1945
    Delivered to the Navy 05 April 1945

  1. ALARKA YTB-229
    Placed in service 06 April 1945
    Deactivated and placed out of service at Sasebo, Japan, 1946

    Sold via FLC (Foreign Liquidation Commission) to Chinese Supply Commission 23 December 1946
    Struck from the Naval Register 28 January 1947
    Final Disposition fate unknown

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Machine Cancel

Greenport NY



Launching, cachet by H. B. Vail


Other Information

ALARKA YTB-229 earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A word, purportedly of American Indian origin, whose definition has not been found.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Horace W. Watts, the head of the William and Watts firm which performed electrical work under subcontract during the construction of the tug.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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