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Montauk III (Id. No. 1213)


A village and fishing resort on Long Island, N.Y., near Montauk Point, the eastern extremity of New York.


(Id. No. 1213: tonnage 434 (gross register); length 134'6"; beam 26'0”; draft 14'0” (mean); speed 11.5 knots (maximum), 10.0 knots (cruising); complement 40; armament 1 3-inch, 2 machine guns)

Luckenbach No. 3, a single screw, steel-hulled sea-going tug, was built in 1899 at Philadelphia, Pa., by Neafie & Levy; purchased by the Navy from the Luckenbach S.S. Co., on 12 October 1917 for sea patrol duty. She was renamed Montauk at some point prior to her being commissioned.

Commissioned on 6 December 1917, and given the designation Id. No. 1213, Montauk was assigned to the Third Naval District.  She operated out of New York, N.Y.,  ranging as far as Bermuda, British West Indies, as a seagoing tug, until 6 December 1919, when she was put up for sale.

Montauk (Id. No. 1213)
Caption: Montauk arrives at Bermuda, June 1919, most likely flying her radio call sign. Note sailor with legs dangling over the side, sitting on the gunwale. The original image as donated by Charles R. Haberlein Jr., in 2008. (Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph NH 106251)

Sold on 21 May 1920 to the A. L. Bisso Towing Co. of Luling, La., she was renamed A. L. Bisso. She operated under that name for almost three decades. Sadly, she foundered and sank on 19 September 1947.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

16 January 2024

Published: Thu Jan 18 14:05:28 EST 2024