The 273 gross ton tug Edgar F. Luckenbach was built at Camden, New Jersey, in 1891. Later renamed Luckenbach Number 2, she was purchased by the Navy in October 1917, renamed Cherokee (SP-458) and placed in commission in early December. While enroute from Newport, Rhode Island, to Washington, D.C., on 26 February 1918, the tug foundered in a storm off the Atlantic coast. Of a complement of 42 officers and men, only ten survived the tragedy.
This page features all available views concerning the tug Luckenbach Number 2, previously named Edgar F. Luckenbach , which served as USS Cherokee (SP-458) in 1917-1918.
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Photo #: NH 102812
Luckenbach Number 2 (American Tug, 1891)
In port, probably when inspected by the Third Naval District in 1917.
This tug, owned by the Luckenbach Steamship Company and originally named Edgar F. Luckenbach, was taken over by the Navy on 12 October 1917 and placed in commission on 5 December 1917 as USS Cherokee (SP-458). She foundered at sea on 26 February 1918, while en route from Newport, Rhode Island, to Washington, D.C.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 20 March 2005