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Newark (SP 266)


  • Built in 1913 by the Skinner Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD for the White Stack Towing Corp.
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 August 1917
  • Commissioned 22 September 1917
  • Decommissioned 15 May 1919
  • Sold 19 May 1919
  • Renamed Fort Carolina and W. T. Coppedge III
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 231 t.
  • Length 107'
  • Beam 26'
  • Draft 12' 1"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 1,100hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft
    1961 - One 1,600hp 8-cylinder Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine.

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    Newark/ W. T. Coppedge III 76k Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS John W. Barr, USN23 September 1917
    02LTJG Edward Francis Manning, USNNovember 1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    The largest city in New Jersey; towns in Delaware, New York and Ohio.

    The second Newark, a tug built by Skinner Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Md. in 1913, was acquired by the Navy from Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Co. 18 August 1917 and commissioned 23 September 1917, Ens. John W. Barr in command.

    Operating in the 3rd Naval District, New York during World War I, Newark got under way 26 September as a mine sweeper in and around New York, berthing at Marine Basin. She steamed on patrol to Whitestone, L.I. 4 January 1918. In February she operated in a tug capacity, breaking ice in Marine Basin, helping six SC boats out of the harbor, and towing ships from docks to coal barges. In May she resumed mine sweeping activities, operating in Ambrose Channel.

    On 22 January 1919, Newark steamed up to Fort LaFayette, towing barges and ships such as [the Steam Lighter] Lowell [SP-504] to the Lackawanna coal docks. After the war, Newark decommissioned 15 May 1919 and was sold 19 May 1919.

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