There is no question that shiphandling is the most fascinating part of a seaman’s existence. At the time I was ordered to the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, I had already served for some years in cruisers, battleships, and destroyers, and in fact, enjoyed more than a modest reputation as a shiphandler. However, all of the ships in which I had gained this experience had two propellers! It was therefore with some trepidation that I viewed my prospective command, the U.S.S. New Kent, a single-screw Haskell type APA, then in mothballs.
The Poor Man's Tugboat
By Captain Ronald J. Woodaman, U. S. Navy