A former name retained.
(SP‑876: t. 425; l. 1701; b. 29'; dr. 15'; cpl. 41; a. 1.3", 2 .30 cal. m.g.)
Lykens (SP‑876) was built in 1899 by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, Pa.; purchased by the Navy 18 September 1917 from Philadelphia & Reading Transportation Co.; and commissioned 10 November 1917 at Philadelphia, Lt. (jg.) H. G. Robinson, USNRF, in command.
Lykens, a steam tug, performed towing duties along the east coast, to Bermuda, and the Azores throughout World War I. After the war she was ‑assigned to district towing and auxiliary operations, out of the 3d and 5th Naval Districts. Lykens continued these duties until she decommissioned at New York 23 March 1920.
She recommissioned as AT‑56 17 June 1920, Lt. G. Freudendorf in command. Serving as a fleet tug, Lykens operated in the 3d Naval District out of New York, performing towing and yard duties until she decommissioned 9 December 1922. On 3 February 1934, she was sold to Northern Metal Co., Philadelphia, Pa.