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USS Iroquois (1898-1928, later AT-46)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Iroquois (1898-1928, later AT-46)

USS Iroquois (AT-46), a steam tug, was built as Fearless by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, in 1892; purchased by the Navy from J. D. Spreckles Bros. & Co. 18 April 1898; and commissioned USS Iroquois (AT-46) 6 July 1898, Lt. L. H. Turner in command.

USS Iroquois (AT-46) served as a station tug at Mare Island until 19 January 1899, when she sailed for duty in the Hawaiian Islands. Upon arriving Honolulu 28 January she acted as a station tug, mail boat, and even surveying ship between the main islands and Midway. USS Iroquois (AT-46) returned to Mare Island 15 February 1910, and for the next 10 years operated between that base and San Diego as a collier and supply ship. USS Iroquois (AT-46) also performed patrol and salvage duties during this period.

After America's entry into World War I the tug steamed to New York early in 1918, and for the next few months served as a tug and convoy escort along the East Coast. Following this service, USS Iroquois (AT-46) departed New York 31 June 1919 for Charleston, then left for San Diego arriving 27 October. USS Iroquois (AT-46) served 13th Naval District as a harbor craft out of San Diego until decommissioned 7 March 1925. She was sold 15 May 1928 to Benjamin L. Jones, Bellingham, Wash.

For a complete history of USS Iroquois (AT-46) please see its DANFS page.