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Westchester

 

II

 

(Tug: dp. 56; l. 42'7"; b. 14.1'; dr. 7' (aft); s. 6 k.)

 

The second Westchester (Id. No. 3103), often but erroneously spelled West Chester—a tug built in 1896 by Russell at Long Island City, N.Y.—was acquired by the Navy from the Red Star Towing & Transport Co. on a charter basis on 4 September 1918 and commissioned at New York on 11 September 1918. She served in the 3d Naval District as a tug through the end of World War I in November 1918 and remained in service during the first four months of 1919. On 25 April 1919, Westchester was placed out of commission at New York and was delivered to the United States Shipping Board at Brooklyn, N.Y., for disposal. On 14 August 1919, the tug was returned to her owners, and, simultaneously, her name was struck from the Navy list.

 

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The name Westchester and the designation AK-219 were assigned to the projected C1-M-AV1 cargo vessel Coastal Defender on 25 February 1945. The ship was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2173) on 21 March 1945 at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by the Leathern D. Smith Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 3 June 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Henry Steinbrenner; and completed on 27 June 1945. However, due to the end of the war in the Pacific, the Navy cancelled the contract for the acquisition of the completed vessel in August. The ship thus commenced operations later in 1945 with her original intended owners, the shipping firm of Smith and Johnson.