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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Choctaw (1898-1940),
later renamed Wicomico (YT-26)

USS Choctaw, a 152-ton tug, was built in 1892 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the civilian tug C.G. Coyle. Purchased for Spanish-American War service, she was stationed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Following the war, Choctaw was variously assigned to the Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Washington Navy Yards. She was renamed Wicomico in February 1918. Returning to Norfolk in April 1921, she operated there until February 1940, when she was sunk in a collision. Although salvaged, Wicomico was sold for scrapping the following August.

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Photo #: NH 55161

USS Choctaw (1898-1940)


Photographed in 1898, following conversion for U.S. Navy service.
Note searchlight atop her pilothouse.
This tug was renamed Wicomico in 1918.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 54,510 bytes; 740 x 605 pixels

 

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24 September 1998