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J. Alvah Clark (SP 1248)


  • Dorothy the first ship built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA was built in 1891 for James Sheffield of Norfolk, VA
  • Delivered 30 April 1891
  • Acquired by the New York Central Railroad Company of New York, New York and renamed New York Central No. 3
  • Acquired by the Joseph M. Clark Co. of Norfolk, VA and renamed J. Alvah Clark
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 July 1917
  • Commissioned USS J. Alvah Clark (SP 1248), 26 October 1917
  • Returned to her owner 29 July 1919
  • Acquired in 1962 by Eva Simpkins and renamed Jesse Jr.
  • After many years of service the tug would eventually return to the yard in 1974 and be dedicated as a permanent exhibit in 1976.


  • Displacement 130 t.
  • Length 90'
  • Beam 17' 3"
  • Draft 6' 9"
  • Speed 8.6 kts.
  • Complement 19
  • Propulsion: One single ended cylinderical tubular type boiler, one 225ihp vertical quadruple expansion 22" stroke, 9" x 13" x 18" x 26" cylinder steam engine, one shaft.
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    J. Alvah Clark 221k Dorothy, on display at Newport News, VA Wikipedia

    Commanding Officers
    01Boatswain Thomas O. Lambdin, USNRF1918 - 1919
    02ENS Charles A. Swindell, USNRF1919
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