USS Westchester, a 20 gross ton wooden steam tug, was built at Long Island City, New York, in 1896 as a civilian harbor tug. She was chartered by the Navy in early September 1918 and placed in commission in mid-month. Westchester served in the Third Naval District, probably in the New York City area, for the remainder of World War I and for some months after the 11 November 1918 Armistice. Decommissioned in late April 1919, she was returned to her owner in mid-August of that year.
This page features our only views of USS Westchester (ID # 3103) and of the civilian harbor tug Westchester (1896).
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Photo #: NH 102370
USS Westchester (ID # 3103)
In port, circa the late summer or fall of 1918.
Built in 1896, this small tug (seen in the center of the photograph) was chartered by the Navy on 4 September 1918 and returned to her owner on 14 August 1919.
Though Westchester's data card gives her number as ID 3103, "S.P. 3103" is painted on her bow.
USS Progressive (ID # 2003) is tied up alongside Westchester. The bow of USS Blue Bird (SP-465) is visible at left. USS Mustang (SP-36) is in the left middle distance.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 105KB; 740 x 530 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds another photograph of the harbor tug Westchester,
probably taken shortly before she entered Navy service. The view
is taken from directly ahead, showing her underway.
Page made 13 March 2004