Spartan, a 226 gross ton tug, was built at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1912 for commercial employment. She was acquired by the Navy after the United States entered World War I and was commissioned in September 1917 as USS Spartan (SP-336). For the rest of the First World War, and for several months after the Armistice, the tug was used in the New York area as a minesweeper. She was returned to her owner in September 1919.
This page features our only view of the tug Spartan, which served as USS Spartan (SP-336) in 1917-1919.
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Photo #: NH 102228
Spartan (American Tug, 1912)
Photographed prior to World War I.
This tug was acquired by the Navy on 27 April 1917 and commissioned as USS Spartan (SP-336) on 22 September 1917. She was returned to her owner on 20 September 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 58KB; 740 x 520 pixels
Page made 31 August 2003