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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 the New York and Northern Railroad
  • Delivered 30 April 1891
  • Acquired by the Navy in October 1917
  • Commissioned J. Alvah Clark (SP 1248)
  • Returned to her owner 29 July 1919
  • Renamed New York Central No. 3
  • After many years of service that tug would eventually return to the yard in 1974 and be dedicated as a permanent exhibit in 1976.


  • Displacement 130 t.
  • Length 90'
  • Beam 19'
  • Draft 11' 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement six
  • Propulsion: One cylinderical tubular type boiler, one 215ihp vertical quadruple expansion 22" stroke, 9" x 13" x 18" x 26" cylinder steam engine, one shaft.
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