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Seminole II (Screw Tug)

(ScTug: t. 122; l. 102'6"; b. 20'; dph. 10'7"; a. 3 guns)

A member of a tribe of Muskhogen Indians who lived in Florida until 1843 when they were transferred to the Indian Territory.


The second Seminole an iron-hulled screw tug built in 1879 at Camden, N.J. was purchased by the Navy as Kate Jones on 6 June 1898 from the Boston Towboat Company; and was commissioned on 23 July 1898.

The ship served at the Boston Navy Yard as a general purpose tug during the Spanish-American War and its aftermath. She was decommissioned on 6 September 1898 but remained in service at Boston performing the same type of duty. She was transferred to the War Department on 16 March 1900.

Published: Tue Sep 08 15:13:21 EDT 2015