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Favorite (IX-45)
USS Favorite (ID #1385) (1918 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Bravo - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Salvage clasp)
Bottom Row - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Favorite was transferred to the Government of Peru and commissioned into the Peruvian Navy as BAP Guardian Rios
Favorite Class Salvage Tug:
  • Built in 1907 by Buffalo Dry Dock Co., Buffalo, N,Y, for the Great Lakes Towing Co. of Cleveland, OH.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed in 1907
  • Purchased by the Navy, 23 January 1918
  • Commissioned, USS Favorite (ID #1385), 1 February 1918, ENS. W. F. Lakeman, USNRF, in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 April 1920 and turned over to the Department of Interior
  • Loaned to the Panama Canal, 1 July 1931
  • Returned to the Department of Interior, 24 October 1940
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 8 March 1941, designated Miscellaneous Unclassified IX-45
  • Turned over to the Panama Canal Mechanical Division, 1 November 1943
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 13 January 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 February 1948
  • Disposed of by the Foreign Liquidation Commission, 25 March 1948, transferred to Peru and renamed BAP Guardian Rios
  • Renamed Rios in 1954
  • Removed from the Peruvian Navy List in July 1958
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,160 t.
    Length 196'
    Beam 43'
    Draft 9'
    Speed14 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament three 3" guns
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two single-ended cylindrics boilers
    single propeller

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    Merchant Service
    Favorite 119k SS Favorite moored pierside, probably at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1907 during builder's trials. Note her ice breaking bow. The flag flying over her bridge may be the one bearing her name, as in other early photos.
    Courtesy Shipscribe. com.
    Mike Green
    Favorite 85k SS Favorite underway soon after her completion at Buffalo, New York, in 1907.
    US Navy photo # NH 100120 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Favorite 101k SS Favorite underway in the Panama Canal, circa 1920s with a group of tourists on deck.
    US Navy photo # NH 105346-A from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Wilmette 146k SS Eastland being raised with the assistance of SS Favorite in the Chicago River in August 1915.
    Mike Green
    Favorite 230k SS Favorite in an icy port, with horse-drawn sleds alongside apparently picking up or delivering supplies, circa 1907-1917. Location may be on the Great Lakes, as she wears the "G" smokestack marking of the Great Lakes Towing Company. The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.
    US Navy photo # NH 107308, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Favorite
    Favorite 117k USS Favorite at Boston Navy Yard, 27 March 1918, being refitted for distant service in European waters.
    US National Archives, RG-19-E, Photo No.'s Unknown. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Favorite 115k
    Favorite 60k USS Favorite underway at sea, possibly while en route to France in mid-1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage. The ship partially visible at left is probably USS Arethusa.
    US Navy photo # NH 107022, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Favorite 116k USS Favorite assisting in the salvage of the coastal transport USS Narragansett (ID-2196). which had run aground off the Isle of Wight on 31 January 1919. The two other visible salvage ships are probably British civilian craft
    US Navy photo, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Favorite (Panama Canal Mechanical Division)
    AFDM-3 59k The center section of USS YFD-6 is tilted on end while passing through the Panama Canal. The dock is being towed by the Panama Canal Mechanical Division tug Favorite (IX-45). SS Favorite was on loan from the Navy to the Panama Canal Mechanical Division from 1 November 1943 to 13 January 1948.
    US Navy photo for "All Hands" magazine, issue, December 1946
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Favorite 73k SS Favorite (IX-45) towing the center section of the Navy floating dock USS YFD-6 into the Pedro Miguel Locks in the Panama Canal enroute to the Pacific assisted by several Navy tugs. To get the 124-foot wide dock through the 110-foot wide canal locks, Navy SeaBees installed a thousand Navy pontoons on one of its wing walls and then careened it onto that side to pass through the canal.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 80-G-60348. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Favorite 118k SS Favorite in the Panama Canal in 1945 towing the floating dock USS YFD-6, which is out of this view to the left. After a couple of years under Navy control, Favorite was once again being operated by the Canal's Mechanical Department.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    BAP Guardian Rios
    Favorite 118k Ex-USS Favorite (IX-45) in Peruvian naval service as BAP Guardian Ríos. Called a submarine tender, she was operated by the Callao Port Authority. This official Peruvian navy view was dated 1953.
    Peruvian navy, reproduced in Jane's Fighting Ships.
    Mike Green

    USS Favorite (ID-1385 / IX-45)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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