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Harbor Tug No. 85

U. S. Navy Harbor Tug No. 85, 1919-1920. Harbor Tug No. 85, a 215-ton, 88-foot long wooden-hulled tug propelled by a single cylinder steam engine, was built at Brooklyn, New York. She was one of 40 sisters (Harbor Tugs Nos. 46-85) ordered by the Navy in May and June 1918 as part of its World War I emergency shipbuilding effort. The tug was laid down in June 1918, launched in December 1918 and commissioned in July 1919. During 1919 she was assigned as harbor floating equipment to the Fleet Supply Base, Brooklyn, N. Y. and was used for harbor towing. By November 1919 her material condition was rated by her crew as poor because of problems with her engine and boiler that made their operation unsafe for the engine force. In that month the Chief of Naval Operations selected her for transfer to the U.S. Coast Guard, and she was decommissioned at New York at the end of that year. Following an inspection by a board that determined her to be "in first class condition," Harbor Tug No. 85 was transferred to the Coast Guard at New York in January 1920. Renamed USCGC Chillicothe, she was sent to Ogdensburg on the St. Lawrence River in New York and operated on the Great Lakes until decommissioned and sold in 1925.
(US Naval Historical Center)
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