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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"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 15'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 41
    one 3" gun mount
    two .30 cal. machine guns
    Propulsion steam
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    Lykens 88k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    Lykens 51k 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.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Lykens (SP-876 /AT-56)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Robinson, Hugh, Byron, USNRF10 November 1917 - 21 March 1919
    02LT. O'Connell, William Edward, USN21 March 1919 - 28 February 1920
    03LT. Freudendorf, Gustav28 February 1920 - 23 March 1920
     Decommissioned23 March 1920 - 3 August 1920
    04LT. Freudendorf, Gustav3 August 1920 - 4 January 1921
    05CHBOSN. Wolffe, Murry, USN4 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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