(ATA-217: dp. 1,275; 1. 194'6"; b. 34'7"; dr. 14'1";
s. 12.1 k.; cpl. 57; a. 2 40mm.; cl. Palo Blanoo)
ATA-217 was laid down as the net tender Tesota (YN-95) on 11 December 1943 at Slidell, La., by the Canulette Shipbuilding Co.; was reclassified a net laying ship and redesignated AN-71 on 20 January 1944, and was launched on 29 July 1944. However the name Tesota was canceled on 10 August 1944, and the ship was reclassified an auxiliary ocean tug and redesignated ATA-217 on the same day. She was commissioned on 16 January 1945, Lt. H. A. V. Post, USNR, in command.
Following a short shakedown cruise early in February 1945, the tug departed Norfolk for Hawaii and arrived at her home port, Pearl Harbor, on 1 March. After serving there for more than a year, the ship proceeded to the>Ó