Luckenbach # 4, a 405 gross ton harbor tug built at Camden, New Jersey in 1913, was acquired by the Navy in October 1917. Renamed Nahant and given the registry number SP-1250, she was placed in commission at the beginning of December 1917 and served on tug duties in the New York Harbor area for the rest of World War I and into the early post-war era. Nahant was decommissioned in early 1920 and transferred to the New York City Police Department. They renamed her Service Number 3 and later John F. Harlan. The tug was returned to the Navy in 1928 and sold in December of that year.
This page features all available views of the tug Luckenbach # 4, which served as USS Nahant in 1917-1920.
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Photo #: NH 102046
Luckenbach No. 4 (U.S. Tug, 1913)
Photographed circa 1917.
This tug was acquired by the Navy on 12 October 1917, renamed USS Nahant (SP-1250) on 30 October 1917 and commissioned on 1 December 1917. She was loaned to the New York police force from 24 February 1920 to 1928. Stricken on 27 September 1928, she was sold on 24 December 1928.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 2 April 2002