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Aspinet (1918 - 1920)
Apache (1898 - 1918)
USS Apache (I) (1898)

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal

Wrecking Tug / Self-propelled Covered Lighter:
  • Built in 1889 as the wrecking tug J. D. Jones by A. C. Brown, Tottenville, N. Y.
  • Purchased by the Navy from the Merritt & Chapman Wrecking Co. 24 May 1898
  • Commission USS Apache, 11 June 1898, LT. Edwin Geer in command
  • USS Apache was assigned to the Norfolk Navy Yard during the Spanish-American War interrupted with a short tour at Key West in August 1898
  • Decommissioned, 24 September 1898
  • Refitted for service at the Navy ordnance magazines at Iona Island on the Hudson River
  • Renamed Aspinet, 11 April 1918
  • Reassigned to Charleston, S. C. as a district craft
  • Name dropped when assigned the designation of YF-176, 17 July 1920
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Sold, 29 September 1925
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 650 t.
    Length 141' 6"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 10 kts.
    two single 4"/40 gun mounts
    two 3-pdrs
    two one-pdrs
    one machine gun
    Complement 48
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    single propeller, 550shp

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    YF-176 58k Apache underway in December 1900. Formerly a wrecking steamer, this vessel had booms and cargo holds for handling salvage equipment.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 57, Photo # 19-N-14209 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Apache / Aspinet / YF-176
    DANFS history entry located the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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