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ex-Melville (SP 1078)


  • Built in 1903 by J. H. Johnston, Portland, Oregon
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 April 1918
  • Commission USS Melville (SP 1078) 30 July 1918
  • Renamed SP-1078, 3 August 1918 to avoid confusion with another ship of that name
  • For the rest of World War I, she performed tug duties for the 13th Naval District in the Pacific Northwest
  • Returned to her owner 6 February 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 93 t.
  • Length 86' 5"
  • Beam 19' 8"
  • Draft 7'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 12
  • Armament: One 3-pounder
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 250hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    SP-1078 79k Underway, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102026
    Naval Historical Center

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