Catenary, 1962 (WYTL 65606)

Nov. 20, 2020

Catenary, 1962


Catenary: the sag in a line strung between two points, such as the anchor line.

Builder: Gibbs Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida

Length: 64' 11"

Beam: 19' 1"

Draft: 9'

Displacement: 74 tons

Cost: $158,366

Commissioned: April 1962

Decommissioned: 1 May 1995

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: 1 diesel engine; 400 BHP; single propeller

Performance & Endurance:

        Max: 10.6 knots; 1,130 mile range
        Cruising: 7.0 knots; 3,690 mile range

Complement: 5

Armament: None

Electronics: SPN-11 detection radar

Tender History:

The steel-hulled harbor tug Catenary entered service on in April, 1962 and was one of 15 65-foot harbor tugs built to replace the wooden-hulled 64-foot harbor tugs that had been built in the 1940s.  These new tugs remained unnamed until the mid-1960s.

The Catenary was first stationed out of Gloucester City, New Jersey and was used for law enforcement and search and rescue duties.  She remained there until June of 1988 when she was transferred to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She was decommissioned on 1 May 1995.


Cutter History File.  USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.

Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946 - 1990. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.