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Wicomico (YT-26)
Choctaw (1898 - 1918)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)

Iron-hulled Steam Tug:
  • Built by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Completed for W.G. Coyle, New Orleans, LA as the steam tug C. G. Coyle (ON 3556), 1892
  • Purchased by the Navy for $82,500, 19 April 1898
  • Commissioned USS Choctaw, 19 April 1898, LT(jg) Walter O. Hulme commanding
  • Decommissioned at Pensacola Navy Yard, 26 August 1898
  • Recommissioned, 15 June 1899
  • Decommissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 July 1902
  • Re-actived and placed in service, 1904
  • Renamed Wicomico, 20 February 1918
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-26), 17 July 1920
  • Sunk in collision with Goff (DD-247) at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, 15 February 1940
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 February 1940
  • Final Disposition, salvaged and subsequently scrapped
    Displacement 152 tons displacement
    Length 91' 5"
    Beam 21'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 2 officers, 22 enlisted [1898]
    Armament one 3-pdr., one 1-pdr.
    Propulsion steam, compound, 188ihp, single screw

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    Choctaw 452k In civilian service as C.G. Coyle, 1898. Probably taken soon after acquisition by the Navy.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 55160
    Mike Green
    Choctaw 1005k Choctaw moored pierside in 1898, following conversion for U.S. Navy service. Note searchlight atop her pilothouse. This tug was renamed Wicomico in 1918.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 55161
    Dave Wright

    View the Choctaw / Wicomico (YT-26)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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