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Joseph M. Clark (ID 1244)

Harbor Tug: Built in 1899 by the R. W. Spedden Co., Baltimore, MD; Acquired by the Navy 26 October 1917 and commissioned USS Joseph M. Clark (SP 1244) the same day; Reclassified ID-1244; Decommissioned 12 November 1918 and was returned to her owner. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 93 t.; Length 86' 2"; Beam 20' 7"; Draft 11'; Speed 11 kts.; Complement unknown; Armament two 3-pounders; Propulsion steam, one shaft.

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Tug Joseph M. Clark
Joseph M. Clark 96k In port, prior to her World War I era Naval service.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99434
Naval Historical Center
USS Joseph M. Clark (ID 1244)
Joseph M. Clark 71k Photographed during the winter of 1917-18, probably in the Norfolk, Virginia, area.
U.S. Navy photo NH 101949
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Joseph M. Clark a steam tug, built in 1899 by the R. W. Spedden Co., Baltimore, Md., was leased by the Navy from Joseph M. Clark & Co. of Norfolk, Va. 26 October 1917, and commissioned the same day, Boatswain Merriken, USNRF, in command. Assigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Joseph M. Clark served as a harbor tug and section patrol sweeper out of Norfolk, operating along the lower reaches of the James and Elizabeth Rivers. She decommissioned 12 November and was returned to her owner.

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