Capt Dag you got my curiosity up so I did some research
The Army gave those tugs the desigination LT, which stands for large tug, there was 718 of them built, at 46 different shipyards.
It seems that LT 454 had a colorful history in WWII. It served in the Pacific theater, and was involved in a rescue of a liberty ship in the Leyte Gulf. A Japanese torpedo plane took a shot at the SS Antoine Saugrain. The ship crew saw the torpedo coming and gave it hard right rudder, but they didnot quite get turned in time. The torpedo hit the rudder, broke the shaft, and punched a hole into the engine room. The master ordered everyone to abandon ship. The LT454 rescued some of the crew along with another liberty ship. The LT 454 got the SS Antoine Saugrain under tow toward the Phillipines. The next day a Japanese dive bomber tried to sink the LT 454 but missed. Sometime the same day another torpedo plane shot at the SS Antoine Saugrain again, only this time he got a direct hit and sunk the liberty ship while she was on the tow wire of the LT454.
After the war it was sold a couple times and wound up at Caribbean Towing named the “Lady Virginia” In the mid eighties it got laid up and stayed that way for ten years. Another company bought it, moved to Algiers Iron works in1997 and had it converted to a twin screw, with a pair of 16-645 E2 EMD’s. It was renamed the “Ranger” That must have been when I saw it. It was sold again in 2002, to a different company, who rebuilt it again this time with a new house, and renamed it the Mr. Jonah.
That is kind of funny that is the same boat.
I found some pics of it from WWII, but our internet is to slow out here I can’t load them. If you want to see it there is a good one at the bottom of this page.
It was originaly a single screw diesel electric with a Cooper Bessemer engine.
I just want to say that I think those are some of the most manly men in history, that served our country like that. I mean being on a single screw tug in the middle of the Pacific, trying to rescue a liberty ship, then putting it on the tow wire, to tow it while disabled, the entire time risking being shot at by the Japs. My hero’s