From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Chekilli was the principal chief of the Creek Confederacy who in 1735 achieved renown with his recitation of the national legend of his tribe at the Savannah council with the English.
Chekilli (YT-175) was acquired by the Navy in 1941 and attached to the 1st and later to the 3d Naval Districts. On 15 May 1944 she was reclassified YTB-175 and placed out of service in October 1946. She was again placed in service in October 1948 and assigned to the 1st Naval District where she continues to perform duties as tug.