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USS Chickasaw

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal
Harbor Tug:
  • Built by John H. Dialogue, Camden, NJ (YN 231)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed as civilian tugboat Hercules (ON 95727), November 1882
  • Purchased by Navy from M. Revel, Charleston, SC, for $15,000, 25 June 1898
  • Commissioned USS Chickasaw, date unknown
  • Served at Port Royal and Charleston, SC during Spanish-American War
  • Decommissioned and placed in ordinary, 26 August 1898
  • Stationed at New York Navy Yard, April 1900 - 1908
  • Stationed at Newport, RI, 1908 - 1913
  • Sold at New York, 1913
  • Registered to Reichert Towing Line, New York, NY, as tug Rose Reichert, October 1913
  • Sold to Henry Steers, Inc., New York, NY and renamed Harry R. Wheeler, 1918
  • Sold to D.T. Sheridan, Philadelphia, PA, and renamed Peggy Sheridan, 1943
  • Sold to Mathiasen Harbor Co., New York, NY, and renamed Mae R. Mathiasen, 1947
  • Final disposition, dismantled 1954
    Displacement 70 gross tons
    Length 77' 2"
    Beam 18' 0"
    Draft 9' 4"
    Speed 10 knots
    Complement 9
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion vertical compound steam (14.5"-28" x 20"), 250hp

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    Chickasaw 316k Chickasaw moored at New York Navy Yard, circa 1904. The vessel alongside is one of three harbor ferries later used as heating scows. Hercules (Floating Derrick No. 11) is visible in the background.
    Detroit Publishing Company photo, Library of Congress call number LC-D4-21819 (cropped).
    Dave Wright

    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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