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Photo # NH 106251:  USS Montauk at Bermuda in June 1919

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USS Montauk (SP-1213), 1917-1920.
Originally the Civilian tug Luckenbach # 3

USS Montauk, a 434 gross ton tug built in 1899 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, operated prior to World War I as the civilian tug Luckenbach # 3. She was purchased by the Navy in October 1917 and placed in commission as USS Montauk (SP-1213). For the rest of the "Great War" and during nearly all of 1919, she served in the New York City region. Photographic evidence also shows that she visited Bermuda in mid-1919. Decommissioned in December 1919, Montauk was sold in May 1920.

This page features all available views concerning USS Montauk (SP-1213) and the civilian tug Luckenbach # 3.

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Photo #: NH 99680

Luckenbach # 3
(American Tug, 1899)

In port, probably when she was inspected by the Third Naval District in 1917.
This tug served as USS Montauk (SP-1213) in 1917-1920.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 106251

USS Montauk

At Bermuda in June 1919.

Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 102039

USS Montauk (SP-1213)

Photographed during the World War I era.
Built in 1899 and named Luckenbach 3 in civilian service, this tug was acquired by the Navy on 12 October 1917, renamed Montauk on 30 October and commissioned on 6 December 1917. She was sold on 21 May 1920.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 475 pixels



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