Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 30, 1989):
The U.S. Navy yard tug HOGA is typical of hundreds of World War II-era naval service craft. A well-preserved, largely unaltered example of this once-common type craft, the HOGA is the only known surviving yard craft that was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. While not engaged in combatting the enemy, these craft performed heroic service, extinguishing fires on burning battleships and other vessels in the harbor and rescuing wounded seamen from the oily waters of Battleship Row. HOGA fought fires on Battleship Row for 48 hours, particulary working on the blazing hulk of USS ARIZONA. For her actions, HOGA was awarded with a meritorious citation.