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Salvage ship Resolute, which was USS Resolute in 1918-19

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Resolute (U.S. salvage ship, 1916).
Served as USS Resolute (ID # 1309) in 1918-19

The 453 gross ton salvage tug Resolute was built in 1916 at the Great Lakes Engineering Co., Ashtabula, Ohio for the Merritt & Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Co. of New York. She was purchased on 8 August 1918 by the U.S. Navy and was commissioned on 10 September 1918.

Resolute was based at Central District Salvage Station, Stapleton, Staten Island, N.Y., throughout her Navy career. She performed local towing duty, took part in several salvage operations, and assisted in patrolling the local anchorages into 1919. Decommissioned on 15 May 1919, Resolute was resold to her former owner, now the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp., the same day.

Resolute conducted salvage operations on the east coast throughout the interwar period. During early 1942 she again served the Navy, operating for several months under a charter to perform salvage work on the east coast. Resolute was scrapped in Jersey City in 1954.

The tug Sarah E. McWilliams that was renamed Resolute in 1916 was not this vessel but was a tug built by John H. Dialogue at Camden, N.J., in 1908.

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(U.S. salvage ship, 1916)

This vessel was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 10 September 1918 as USS Resolute (ID # 1309). She was returned to her owner on 15 May 1919.

Source: www.navsource.org, from the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.

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(U.S. salvage ship, 1916)

Keeping Edsel Ford's yacht Sialia afloat at the Atlantic Works, East Boston, after she was nearly wrecked on the Hens and Chickens Reef. The salvage ship freed the yacht from the reef, towed her to the yard, and pumped her out.

Photographed by Leslie Jones, 1929.

Source: www.flickr.com, courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.


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