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USS Vigilant (YT-25)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

Iron-hulled Steam Tug:
  • Built by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA (YN 232)
  • Launched, 12 November 1882
  • Completed as the steam tug George W. Pride, Jr. (ON 85762) for George W. Pride & Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1883
  • Sold to John D. Spreckels & Brothers Co., San Francisco, CA, late 1888
  • Sailed from Philadelphia around Cape Horn to San Francisco in 72 days, arriving 14 February 1889
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 12 April 1898
  • Commissioned USS Vigilant, 18 April 1898
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-25), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 November 1927
  • Sold to Cary-Davis Tug and Barge Co., Seattle, WA, and renamed Goliah, 25 April 1928
  • Refitted with 550hp diesel
  • Final Disposition, scrapped 1959
    Displacement 300 tons
    Length 116'
    Beam 21'
    Draft 9' (mean)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 46
    two 47mm revolving cannon
    one Gatling gun
    Propulsion steam, 450hp, single screw

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    Vigilant 48k USS Vigilant off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 26 July 1898. Note variety of guns she carried for Spanish-American War service.
    US Navy photo # NH 43695 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Intrepid 100k USS Intrepid (front), the Army Tug T. Murphy (mid dock on the left), USS Vigilant (directly behind Intrepid), Water Barge No. 16 and Ammunition Lighter No. 30 (not visible in this photo) on the far side of the dock and cruiser USS Marblehead (rear of the dock) are pictured in Dry Dock # 2 at Mare Island Navy Yard, 18 March 1913. Picture taken looking south. Darryl Baker
    Intrepid 131k USS Intrepid (front), Water Barge #16 and Ammunition Lighter No. 30 (port side of Intrepid and Marblehead), USS Vigilant (directly behind Intrepid), the Army Tug T. Murphy (not visible in this photo) on the far side of the dock and cruiser USS Marblehead (rear of the dock) are pictured in Dry Dock # 2 at Mare Island Navy Yard, 18 March 1913. Picture taken looking east. Darryl Baker
    Vigilant 848k USS Vigilant off Mare Island circa 1918.
    Navy photo - YT 25 1918.
    Darryl Baker
    Lively 180k Tug operations and dispatch area at Mare Island Navy Yard with the main yard building ways in the background. Tugs Navigator (YT-39) [twin stacks] is inboard of Lively (YT-14) and to the right of these two tugs is the USS Vigilant (YT-25). Yard ferries Leslie (YFB-7) and Dart (YFB-308) are to the right. The Tug Masters’ office is the house on the legs of the building ways overhead crane. The scaffolding on the building ways behind and below this office is the scaffolding for construction of the Montana (BB-51). The book A Long Line of Ships states that construction of the Montana was cancelled February 8, 1922 and it took another year to complete the scrapping of the ship. Based on this information this photo was probably taken from early 1922 to the middle of 1923.
    Photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Vigilant 2557k USS Vigilant and probably Water Barge No. 16 moored at Mare Island barge dock, circa 1925.
    Navy photo - YT 25 1925.
    Darryl Baker
    Vigilant 547k USS Vigilant underway in San Francisco Bay, circa 1912.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 74316, donated by D.M. McPherson, 1971
    Dave Wright

    USS Vigilant (YT-25)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    "Three Tugs Sold to the United States Yesterday"
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