|USS Choctaw (1898)|
|Name:||USS Choctaw, later USS Wicomico|
|Builder:||Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Launched:||1892, as C.G. Coyle|
|Commissioned:||19 April 1898, 15 June 1899|
|Decommissioned:||26 August 1898, 15 July 1902|
|Renamed:||USS Wicomico 20 February 1918|
|Struck:||27 February 1940|
Sank, 15 February 1940, |
salvaged & scrapped August 1940
|Notes:||Named C.G. Coyle prior to U.S. Navy service|
|Displacement:||152 t (150 long tons)|
|Length:||91 ft 5 in (27.86 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||steam, single screw|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
1 x 3-pounder gun|
1 x 1-pounder gun
A steam tug built at Philadelphia by Neafie & Levy as C.G. Coyle, she was completed in 1892. Acquired by the Navy from W.G. Coyle Co. for service during the Spanish-American War, the tug was renamed Choctaw and commissioned on 19 April 1898.
Attached to the Auxiliary Naval Force for patrol duty during the brief war with Spain, Choctaw operated in the Gulf of Mexico through the cessation of hostilities. That same year, on 26 August, she was decommissioned at the Pensacola Navy Yard. Recommissioned the following year on 15 June, Choctaw sailed for Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with USS Monongahela in tow, before reporting to the naval training station at Newport, Rhode Island for duty as a yard tug and ferry. Subsequently detached and sent to the Norfolk Navy Yard for repairs, the ship was again placed out of commission on 15 July 1902.
USS Wicomico (YT-26)Edit
On Memorial Day (30 May) 1918, Wicomico took part in a memorial ceremony, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, for all victims of World War I who died at sea, particularly victims of the sinking of RMS Lusitania. A floral wreath was thrown into the Potomac from Wicomico's deck. The former Vanderbilt steam yacht HMS Warrior also took part in the ceremony.
On 15 February 1940, Wicomico collided with the destroyer USS Goff in Hampton Roads and sank shortly thereafter. Struck from the Navy list on 27 February 1940, the ship was salvaged and subsequently scrapped.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|