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District Harbor Tug (Palos Class Screw Steamer):
Laid down in 1864 as the 4th rate iron screw steamer Nina at Reaney, Son, and Archbold, Chester, PA.
Launched, 27 May 1865
Delivered at New York Navy Yard, 26 September 1865,
Placed in service as a yard tug at Washington Navy Yard, 6 January 1866, ENS. F. C. Hall commanding that ship and sister tugs Primrose and Rescue
Converted to a Torpedo Boat, commissioned USS Nina, 31 March 1870, LT. Godfrey Hunter in command
Reassigned to Newport, R.I. in April 1870
Refitted in May 1884 for special service as a salvage ship
Reassigned to New York Navy Yard in 1885
Reassigned to Newport in 1890
Reassigned to New York Navy Yard in 1892 as a yard tug
Commissioned as a tender and supply vessel to the Torpedo Boat Flotilla, 1902
Decommissioned, at New York, 21 March 1903
Loaned to the Lighthouse service from October 1903 to April 1904
Returned to US Navy custody and recommissioned, 9 September 1905
Converted to a Submarine Tender in 1906, assigned to the Newport Torpedo Station
Final Disposition, At 0630, 6 February 1910, Nina departed Norfolk for Boston and was last sighted off the Capes of the Chesapeake in the midst of a gale. She was never heard from again. She sunk at Fenwick Island Shoals, near the state of Delaware on the 6th. Nina was declared lost and struck from the Navy List 15 March 1910, the 30 crewmen and one officer on board being listed as having died on that day. Her loss is one of the continuing mysteries of the sea.
Length 137' 0"
Draft 9' 10"
Speed 10 kts
Fuel Capacity unknown
Steam, single propeller
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||USS Nina salvaging the wreck of sidewheel gunboat USS Tallapoosa sunk in Martha’s Vineyard Sound, circa 1885 to 1889. Nina was sunk at Fenwick Island Shoals, near the state of Delaware,6 February 1910..
US Navy photo
||USS Nina in dry dock at the New York Navy Yard, 9 August 1905. Note the eagle over the pilot house, a feature of many American civilian tugs at this time. The schooner rig has been removed.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 44705
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
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