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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
USS Challenge (YT-126) (1940 - 1944)
USS Challenge (AT-59) (1925 - 1940)
USS Challenge (SP-1015) (1918 - 1925)
USS Defiance (SP-1015) (1918)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp)
Bottom Row - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Challenge Class Fleet Tug:
Built in 1889 as Defiance at J.H. Dialogue and Sons, Camden, N.J.
Acquired by the Navy from the Shipowners & Merchants Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA., 13 June 1918
Commissioned, USS Defiance (SP-1015), 29 July 1918, LT. Micheal J. Downes, USNRF, in command
Renamed USS Challenge, 15 August 1918
Decommissioned and laid up in reserve, 13 May 1922, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
Recommissioned and reclassified AT-59, 21 February 1925
Decommissioned, 29 November 1940 and placed in service as Challenge (AT-59)
Reclassified Yard Tug YT-126, 2 December 1940
Decommissioned and place in service as Medium Harbor Tug YTM-126, 13 April 1944
Placed out of service, 21 January 1946, at Kennyle, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
Sold by the Maritime Commission, to Puget Sound Tug & Barge Co., Seattle, WA. for $2,100
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 346 t.
Beam 22' 2"
Draft 19' 7"
Speed 14 kts.
Armament 2 3-pdr
one oil burning steam engine, one aux. engine
single propeller, 750shp
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||Civilian Tug Defiance in port, prior to entering Navy service.
US Navy photo # NH 99965 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
|USS Challenge (AT-59)
||USS Challenge (AT-59) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 14 February 1921.
US Navy photo # NH 633 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
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USS Defiance / USS Challenge (SP-1015 / AT-59 / YT-126 / YTM-126)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Downes, Michael. James. USNRF||29 July 1918 - 31 December 1921|
|02||CHBOSN. Merryman, Robert Henson||31 December 1921 - 13 May 1922|
| ||Decommissioned||13 May 1922 - 21 February 1925|
|03||CHBOSN. Merryman, Robert Henson||21 February 1925 - 2 April 1926|
|04||CHBOSN. Hill, Edwin Wright||2 April 1926 - 8 May 1926|
|05||CHBOSN. James, William Alexander||8 May 1926 - 20 February 1929|
|06||CHBOSN Davis, Frederick Joseph||20 February 1929 - 24 November 1930|
|07||CHBOSN Romberg, Harry Benjamin||24 November 1930 - 1 December 1931|
|08||CHBOSN Speaker, Albert||1 December 1931 - ?|
|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
Last Updated 9 May 2014
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