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USS Lykens (AT-56)
USS Lykens (SP-876) (1917 - 1920)
1927-International Radio Call Sign:
Negative - Affirmative - Love - King
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp)
Lykens Class Fleet Tug:
Built in 1899 as the steam tug Lykens at Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, PA.
Purchased by the US Navy, 18 September 1917
Commissioned, USS Lykens (SP-876), 10 November 1917, LTjg. Hugh B. Robinson, USNRF, in command
During World War I, she operated in the Atlantic, reaching as far out as Bermuda and the Azores, and continued service along the mid-Atlantic coast following the end of the war
Decommissioned, 23 March 1920, at New York City
Recommissioned, 3 August 1920 as USS Lykens (AT-56), LT. Gustav Freudendorf, in command
Decommissioned, 9 December 1922 at New York City, laid up in reserve
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 November 1933, at Philadelphia
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 February 1934, to Northern Metals Corp, Philadelphia, PA., for $950.00, Removed, 13 March 1934
Displacement 425 t.
Length 170' 1"
one 3" gun mount
two .30 cal. machine guns
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||Lykens in port, possibly when inspected by the Fourth Naval District on 20 February 1917.
US Navy photo # NH 99546 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
||Lykens, photographed, circa 1917, at about the time she was taken over for Naval Service. The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
US Navy photo # NH 102011 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
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USS Lykens (SP-876 /AT-56)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Robinson, Hugh, Byron, USNRF||10 November 1917 - 21 March 1919|
|02||LT. O'Connell, William Edward, USN||21 March 1919 - 28 February 1920|
|03||LT. Freudendorf, Gustav||28 February 1920 - 23 March 1920|
| ||Decommissioned||23 March 1920 - 3 August 1920|
|04||LT. Freudendorf, Gustav||3 August 1920 - 4 January 1921|
|05||CHBOSN. Wolffe, Murry, USN||4 January 1921 - 21 September 1922|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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