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Favorite (No. 1385)

(Tug: dp. 1,160; l. 196'; b. 43'; dr. 9'; s. 14 k.; a. 3 3")

Former name retained.

Favorite (No. 1385), a tug, was purchased by the Navy on 23 January 1918 and commissioned on 1 February, Ensign W. F. Lakeman, USNRF, in command. She performed ice-breaker duty off the coast of Maine until March when she underwent refitting for distant service, salvage and wrecking. Arriving in Brest, France on 5 August 1918, she thereafter engaged in searching for sunken ships and lost material, and in salvaging and assisting grounded ships.

On 10 January 1919 she collided with the Army tug Richmond, but sustained only small damage. Favorite continued her salvage operations in England and Brest, France until 21 June when she departed for New York.

She was converted to a seagoing tug, decommissioned and turned over to the Department of Interior on 3 April 1920, and on 1 July 1931 was loaned to Panama. She was acquired by the 15th Naval District on 24 October 1940, reclassified IX-45 on 8 March 1941 and reassigned to the Panama Canal Mechanical Division on 1 November 1943.

Favorite was returned to Navy custody on 13 January 1948 and stricken from the Navy List on 19 February.

Published: Thu Dec 18 13:09:24 EST 2014