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Westchester (SP 3103)


Tug: Built in 1896 by Russell at Long Island City, NY; Acquired by the Navy 4 September 1918; Commissioned 11 September 1918; Decommissioned 25 April 1919 at Brooklyn, NY and returned to the United States Shipping Board; Struck from the Navy list 14 August 1919 and returned to her owners, the Red Star Towing and Transport Co. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 56 t.; Length 42' 7"; Beam 14' 1"; Draft 7'; Speed 6 kts.; Complement unknown; Armament unknown.


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Blue Bird 172k In port, circa the late summer or fall of 1918. USS Progressive (ID 2003) is tied up alongside Westchester. The bow of Blue Bird (SP-465) is visible at left. Mustang (SP 36) is in the left middle distance.
USN Photo NH 102370
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The second Westchester (SP 3103), often but erroneously spelled West Chester—a tug built in 1896 by Russell at Long Island City, N.Y.—was acquired by the Navy from the Red Star Towing & Transport Co. on a charter basis on 4 September 1918 and commissioned at New York on 11 September 1918. She served in the 3d Naval District as a tug through the end of World War I in November 1918 and remained in service during the first four months of 1919. On 25 April 1919, Westchester was placed out of commission at New York and was delivered to the United States Shipping Board at Brooklyn, N.Y., for disposal. On 14 August 1919, the tug was returned to her owners, and, simultaneously, her name was struck from the Navy list.
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