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USS James Woolley (YT-45)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

Wood-hulled Steam Tug:
  • Built by Atlantic Works, East Boston, MA1
  • Launched, 10 July 1899
  • Completed for Commerical Wharf Towboat Co., Boston, MA, as the steam tug James Woolley (ON 77380), September 18992
  • Purchased by the Navy, 22 July 1918
  • Commissioned USS James Woolley, July 1918
  • Designated District Harbor Tug YT-45, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 11 April 1932
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 July 1936
  • Sold to Hall Tug & Barge, Boston, MA, 22 December 1936
  • Resold to Reid's Shipyard, Boston, MA, 1953
  • Resold to Boston Sand & Gravel Co., Boston, MA, 1957
  • Resold to John S. Bottomly, Boston, MA, 1963
  • Resold to Arthur J. Fournier, Somerville, MA, 1964
  • Final disposition, scrapped 1968
    1. Note the frequently cited builder as Lockwood Manufacturing is incorrect--they built the Woolley's engines.
    2. Note DANFS and other sources show spelling as "Wooley," but photos of the tug and contemporary documentation show correct spelling is "Woolley."
    Displacement 92 gross tons
    Length 80' 9" pp, 88'0" overall
    Beam 21'
    Draft 8' 7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 13
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam, 2-cylinder compound (14"-30" x 20"), 400ihp, single screw

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    James Woolley
    47k Civilian tug James Woolley on 11 October 1902, probably in the vicinity of Boston, MA.
    Original photo by Nathaniel L. Stebbins, negative 13963
    Dave Wright
    James Woolley
    120k Naval Reserves from Portsmouth Navy Yard leave Boston Navy Yard aboard a scow towed by James Woolley on the right, 1918-19. The tug on the left is unidentified.
    Image cropped from a Keystone View Company stereoview.
    Dave Wright
    James Woolley
    144k James Woolley (YT-45) off Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME, 22 September 1926.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 52174
    Mike Green
    James Woolley
    136k James Woolley (YT-45) moored at Boston Navy Yard, April 1932. Cruiser USS Milwaukee (CL-5) is moored in the background.
    Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection, accession number 08_06_005185 (cropped)
    Mike Green

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    No Information Available
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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