From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Accomac is a town and county in Virginia.

(AT:dp. 187; l. 90'; b. 19'; dr. 9'; s. 10k; cpl. 12; a. 1 6-pdr.)

Accomac , a tug was built in 1891 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., as El Toro; purchased by the Navy 26 March 1898; and commissioned 2 April 1898, as Algonquin, under command of Ensign W. S. Crowley. Following outfitting at New York Navy Yard, Algonquin joined the North Atlantic Station. She arrived at Key West, Fla., 13 April and remained there as a harbor tug until January 1899. Her name was changed to Accomac 15 June 1898. Between January 1899 and late 1900 Accomac served as a harbor tug at Havana, Cuba. During 1900-11 she served as a yard tug at Pensacola, Fla., with occasional duty at Port Royal, S. C., Key West, and Havana. She arrived at Boston Navy Yard 4 December 1911 and remained there is a yard tug through World War II.

She was renamed Nottoway and reclassified YT-18, 1 July 1920. Her name was cancelled 5 October 1942 and her classification changed to YTL-18, 15 May 1944. YTL-18 was transferred to the Maritime Commission 30 January 1947.


LST-710 (q. v.) was renamed Accomac 1 August 1945.

Transcribed by: epm
Date: 25 April 1999