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Catalog Number 2012.024
Object Name Nameplate
Description Nameboard for the CHICKAMAUGA tugboat, owned by the Pacific Tow Boat Co. is a historically important tugboat as it was the first "full diesel-powered tugboat in the United States". This tugboat was made in Seattle in Seattle for the Pacific Tow Boat Co. During her earlier years, she was utilized as a log-towing tug and it was possible she brought logs to the mills in Anacortes. Later the CHICKAMAUGA was renamed the SEA CHICKEN.

The Tacoma Public Library states: "The most significant small vessel construction project of the year [1915] was the completion of the CHICKAMAUGA, the firest full diesel-powered tugboat in the United States, setting a trend which, within the following four decades, would result in the virtual elimination of the steam engine in the nations's towing fleets. CHICKAMAUGA was built at Seattle to the order of the Pacific Towboat Co. from designs by L. E. Geary, having an overall length of 70 feet, 18 feet beam and draft of about 11 feet. Her Nelseco engine with four cylinders of 13-inch bore and 18-inch stroke developed 240 horsepower at 240 revolutions per minute. At the end of her first year of operation, largely in log-towing in which she utilized the first towing machine to be installed on a motor tug in the United States, her owners announced an average fuel cost of 19.75 cents per hour. This was claimed to be three times more economical than a steam tug burning oil and five to eight times more economical than a steamer of the same type burning coal. ... At the end of her first year of operation, largely in log-towing in which she utilized the first towing machine to be installed on a motor tug in the burning coal. Sturdily constructed with 10-inch frames and 2 x 4-inch fir planking, this historic little vessel is still hard at work on Puget Sound for the Pacific Towboat Co. (now a Foss subsidiary) as the SEA CHICKEN."

In 2001, the CHICKAMAUGA Tugboat, was placed on the Washington Heritage Register.
Dimensions H-11 L-95.5 D-1.25 inches
Caption CHICKAMAUGA Tugboat nameboard
Credit line Donated by Eric F. Erickson, December 2011
Notes Donor purchased nameboard at a shop in Conway, WA