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USS Rocket (YT-22)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

Steel-hulled Steam Lighter:
  • Built by Pusey & Jones Co., Wilmington, DE (YN 301)
  • Completed for U.S. Army Department of Ordnance as the steam lighter Rocket, 1900
  • Transferred to Navy and commissioned USS Rocket, 01 July 1911
  • Asisgned to 5th Naval Distirct at Norfolk, 1911-1931
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-22), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 16 January 1931
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 October 1931
  • Sold to N. Block & Co., Norfolk, VA., 01 December 1933
  • Became merchant Rocket (ON 231436), owned by Rocket Steam Packet Co., Portland, ME
  • Sold to Frederick Starr Contracting Co., Portland, ME, 1937
  • Final disposition, abandoned 1940
    Displacement 206 tons
    Length 93' (100' overall)
    Beam 28'
    Draft 9'
    Speed 8 kts.
    Complement 9
    two 3-pdrs
    one machine gun
    Propulsion steam, compound engine

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    Rocket 117k USS Rocket fititng out at Pusey & Jones, WIlmington, DE, 1900.
    US National Archives, Photo # 19-N-16315, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    [Note the NA photo is miscaptioned as at Norfolk Navy Yard, date unknown. Same photo is in Hagley Digital Archives, and is clearly a Pusey & Jones builders' photo].
    Mike Green

    USS Rocket (YT-22)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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