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USS Favorite (ID # 1385, later IX-45), 1918-1920 & 1940-1948.
Originally, and later, S.S. Favorite (American salvage tug, 1907)
Became the Peruvian Navy ship Guardian Rios and Rios in 1948.

S.S. Favorite, a 1223 gross ton salvage tug, was completed at Buffalo, New York, in 1907. She was purchased by the Navy in January 1918 and commissioned in February 1918 as USS Favorite (ID # 1385). The ship performed icebreaker duty off the coast of Maine until March, when she was refitted for overseas service as a salvage and wrecking ship. Favorite arrived at Brest, France, in August 1918 and was used to search for sunken ships and lost material, as well as to salvage and assist grounded ships. She continued to conduct salvage operations at Brest and also in England until departing for the United States in June 1919. The ship was decommissioned at New York in April 1920 and simultaneously turned over to the Panama Canal Commission "for its use and custody."

Although no longer serving in the Navy, Favorite remained Navy property and continued to be listed in Navy publications as an Unclassified District Craft. She was assigned the file symbol YX-10 in the Navy Filing Manual, although this, along with the manual's IX symbol for larger unclassified vessels, was used solely for filing paperwork and not as a designator for the ship. In early 1941 the YX and IX file symbols were consolidated and Favorite became IX-45, and at the same time the IX symbols were added to the Naval Vessel Register as designators for the ships. In the meantime, Favorite resumed her Navy service when she was reacquired by the 15th Naval District in October 1940. She continued to operate in the Panama Canal and was once again assigned to the Panama Canal authorities in November 1943. The ship was returned to Navy custody for the last time in January 1948, stricken from the Navy List in February 1948, and sold by the State Department's Foreign Liquidation Commission in March 1948. She became the Peruvian Navy's submarine salvage ship Guardian Rios, later Rios, and was operated by the Callao Port Authority. Rios was removed from the Peruvian Navy List in July 1958.

This page features all the views we have concerning S.S. Favorite, USS Favorite (ID # 1385, later IX-45), and the Peruvian salvage ship Guardian Rios and Rios.

Photo #: NH 100120

S.S. Favorite
(American salvage tug, 1907)

Possibly photographed soon after completion at Buffalo, New York, in 1907. This ship was in commission as USS Favorite (ID # 1385) from February 1918 to April 1920. Reacquired by the Navy in 1940, she was classified IX-45 in 1941 and stricken in 1948.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 440 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 107308

S.S. Favorite
(American Salvage Tug, 1907)

In an icy port, with horse-drawn sleds alongside apparently picking up or delivering supplies, circa 1907-1917. Location may be on the Great Lakes, as she wears the "G" smokestack marking of the Great Lakes Towing Company.
This ship served as USS Favorite (ID # 1385, later IX-45) during World Wars I and II.
The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 107022

USS Favorite
(ID # 1385, later IX-45)

Underway at sea, possibly while en route to France in mid-1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage.
The ship partially visible at left is probably USS Arethusa (1898-1927, later AO-7).

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 105346

S.S. Favorite
(American salvage tug, 1907)

Photographed in the Panama Canal in the 1920s with a group of tourists on deck. This ship was in commission as USS Favorite (ID # 1385) from February 1918 to April 1920 and then operated under loan from the Navy in the Panama Canal. Reacquired by the Navy in 1940, she was classified IX-45 in 1941 and stricken in 1948.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 62KB; 740 x 400 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105346-A

S.S. Favorite
(American salvage tug, 1907)

Photographed in the Panama Canal in the 1920s with a group of tourists on deck. This ship was in commission as USS Favorite (ID # 1385) from February 1918 to April 1920 and then operated under loan from the Navy in the Panama Canal. Reacquired by the Navy in 1940, she was classified IX-45 in 1941 and stricken in 1948. This image is an enlargement of part of NH 105346.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 84KB; 740 x 575 pixels

 


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