11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Tugboat Hoga

Year Listed: 1995
Location: Suisun Bay, California
Threat: Deterioration

Significance

At the height of the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the tugboat Hoga helped beach the USS Nevada, preventing the Japanese from sinking the battleship and blocking the channel. The Hoga then went on to gallantly fight the fires on the blazing hulk of the USS Arizona. In 1948, she was leased to the Port of Oakland, California and renamed the City of Oakland. After 45 years of service as a fireboat, she was returned to the Navy and was placed on the Naval Inactive Vessel Register.