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J. M. Woodworth (YT-137)

District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, PA (YN 968)
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed for U.S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service as boarding tug / fumigation vessel J.M. Woodworth, 1903
  • Stationed at Marcus Hook, PA Quarantine Station, 1903 - 1937
  • Acquired by the Navy from the U.S. Public Health Service, 02 November 1937
  • Placed in service as J.M. Woodworth (YT-137), 1937
  • Assigned to Washington Navy Yard, 1937 - 1938
  • Declared unfit for further Naval service and struck from the Naval Register, 28 December 1938
  • Sold to Gallagher Bros. Sand & Gravel Corp., New York, NY, 17 April 1939
  • Dieselized and placed in service as tug John Murray (ON 239133), 1939
  • Final fate, scrapped early 1970s
    Displacement 132 gross tons, 89 net tons
    Length 84' 8"
    Beam 20' 0"
    Draft 10' 0"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam

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    J.M. Woodworth 278k John Maynard Woodworth was born in Big Flats, NY on 15 August 1837. After working as a naturalist and pharmacist, Woodworth attended medical school, graduating from Chicago Medical School in 1862. During the Civil War, he rose from Assistant Surgeon to Medical Director of the Army of Tennessee. Following the war, he studied in Europe and served in various medical administrative posts. Woodworth was appointed the first supervising surgeon-general of the new Marine Hospital Service, the forerunner of today's Public Health Service. He died while serving in this post at Washington, DC, 15 March 1879.
    Photo by Hermann GŁnther, Essen, Germany, 1865. Photo from Wisconsin Historical Society via Wikipedia.
    Dave Wright

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    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History & Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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