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Rescue (SP 3209)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Pup - Boy - Nan

Salvage Tug:

  • Built in 1899 by Brown and Son, Tottenville, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 September 1918and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1919 and sold to her former owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 537 t.
  • Length 160' 4"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 14' 10"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 30 (civilian crew)
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,128ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Rescue 79k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 86441
    Naval Historical Center
    Rescue 75k At the Merritt & Chapman Wrecking Company pier, Norfolk, Virginia, 1918-1919
    U. S. Navy photo NH 86442

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Wayland Dunaway Wilder, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The third Rescue (SP-3209) was built by Brown & Son, Tottenville, N.Y., in 1899; acquired from Merritt and Chapman Wrecking Co., Norfolk, Va., 24 September 1918; and commissioned 25 September 1918. Wooden-hulled Rescue served as a salvage tug in the 5th Naval District throughout her brief 8-month naval career. She was decommissioned and sold to her former owner at Norfolk,
    15 May 1919.

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