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ex-Atlantic (ID 3268)

Ferry: Built in 1894 as Ruth at Rockland, ME; Renamed Atlantic in 1909/1910; Acquired by the Navy 13 September 1918 and placed in service as USS Atlantic (ID 3268); Reclassified as a Ferryboat, YFB-3268 in mid-1920; Sold 12 September 1921 to Harry Hitner and Sons Co. of Philadelphia, PA. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 188 t.; Length 115'; Beam 26'"; Draft 7' 1"; Speed 10.5 kts.; Complement six; Armament none; Propulsion one 425ihp vertical compound engine, one shaft.

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Atlantic 107k Photographed prior to World War I.
U.S. Navy photo NH 100580
Naval Historical Center
Atlantic 86k View of the ship's port side midships area, taken prior to World War I.
U.S. Navy photo NH 100591
Naval Historical Center
Atlantic 105k Transporting U.S. Marines, probably in the vicinity of Parris Island, South Carolina, circa 1918-1919.
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 103917
Robert Hurst

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


The ocean that separates North and South America from Europe and Africa.

[The second Atlantic was built as] Ruth-a wooden-hulled ferrry built in 1894 at Rockland, Maine-served initially at Southwest Harbor, Maine (1895 to 1900), and then at Mount Desert Ferry (1900 to 1907) and Castine (1908 to 1909), before she was renamed Atlantic around 1909 or 1910. Her area of operations then shifted to New York City. Ultimately, the ferry came under the ownership of the Washington (D.C.) Steel and Ordnance Co., Giesborough Point. Inspected by the Navy (possibly at Washington. D.C.) on 27 August 1918, Atlantic was acquired by the Federal Government and delivered to the Navy on 13 September 1918 at the Washington Navy Yard.

Placed in service soon thereafter, to be transferred to the 6th Naval District, Atlantic-assigned the identification number (Id. No.) 3268 and under the command of Boatswain E. J. Cross-departed the Washington Navy Yard on 25 September 1918, bound for Parris Island, S.C. Arriving at her destination soon thereafter, Atlantic then spent the next few months operating as a district craft, attached to the marine barracks at Parris Island, the major recruit training depot on the eastern seaboard for the Marine Corps which was then growing rapidly to accommodate the increased number of men being processed for service. She operated between Parris Island, Beaufort, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and the Port Royal Naval Station, Charleston, S.C.

Records indicate that later, after she had been initially Navy manned, her complement consisted of a civilian master and engineer, and a crew of marines. In any event, Atlantic sank at her moorings on 25 November 1920 and, though refloated four days later, was apparently judged to be of no more use to the service. Accordingly, she was sold to Harry Hitner and Sons Co., of Philadelphia on 12 September 1921.

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