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Choctaw II (YT-26)

(YT-26: t. 152; l. 91'5"; b. 21'; dr. 10'; s. 10 k.; a. 1 3-pdr., 1 1-pdr.)

An Indian tribe, formerly of Alabama and Mississippi, now resident in Oklahoma.


The second Choctaw (YT-26) was built in 1892 by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, Pa., as C. G. Coyle; purchased 19 April 1898; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant (junior grade) W. 0. Hulme in command.

Attached to the Auxiliary Naval Force for patrol duty in the Spanish-American War, Choctaw arrived at Pensacola, Fla., 11 June 1898. She cruised in the Gulf of Mexico until she was placed out of commission at Pensacola Navy Yard 26 August 1898.

Recommissioned 15 June 1899 she sailed for Portsmouth, N.H., with Monongahela in tow, then was stationed at Newport, R.I., as yard tug. While undergoing repairs at Norfolk Navy Yard she was placed out of commission 15 July 1902. Upon her recommissioning in 1904 she was assigned to Washington Navy Yard for duty as a yard craft. She was renamed Wicomico 20 February 1918. Transferred to Norfolk Navy Yard 21 April 1921, she remained there on yard duty until sunk in a collision with Goff at Hampton Roads 15 February 1940. She was stricken from the Navy List 27 February, and sold for salvage and scrapping 10 August 1940.

Published: Tue Jun 30 12:26:59 EDT 2015