|USS Tasco (SP-502)|
Tasco as a commercial tug, probably sometime between 1907 and 1917.
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Acquired:||4 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||29 September 1917|
|Struck:||22 May 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 22 May 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as commercial tug Tasco 1907-1917 and from 1919|
|Type:||Minesweeper and patrol vessel|
|Tonnage:||319 gross register tons|
|Length:||109 ft (33 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft 4 in (9.86 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft (3.7 m) aft|
|Armament:||2 x 1-pounder guns|
Tasco was built as a commercial tug of the same name in 1907 at New London, Connecticut. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, J. Shewan of Brooklyn, New York, on 4 August 1917 for use as a minesweeper and section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Tasco (SP-502) on 29 September 1917.
Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, Tasco operated along the coastline in the New York City area for the remainder of World War I and into the spring of 1919.
Tasco was stricken from the Navy List on 22 May 1919 and returned to Shewan the same day.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: S.S. Tasco (American Salvage Tug, 1907). Served as USS Tasco (SP-502) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Tasco (SP 502)
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