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Montauk (SP 1213)


  • The third Montauk was built in 1899 as Luckenbach No. 3 by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 October 1917
  • Commissioned USS Montauk (SP 1213), 6 December 1917
  • Sold 21 May 1920 to the A. L. Bisso Towing Co. of Luling, LA and renamed A. L. Bisso
  • Foundered 19 September 1947 off New Orleans, LA.


  • Displacement 424 t.
  • Length 134' 6"
  • Beam 26'
  • Draft 16'
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 800hp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Tug Luckenbach No. 3
    Montauk 142k In port, probably when she was inspected by the Third Naval District in 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99680
    Robert Hurst
    USS Montauk (SP 1213)
    Montauk 90k Photographed during the World War I era
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102039
    Naval Historical Center
    Montauk 87k c. June 1919
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106251
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Jens Carl Christian Moller, USN1918
    02LTJG Henry C. Taylor, USNRF1918
    03LTJG(T) Harvey C. Brown, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The third Montauk (SP-1213), ex-Luckenbach No.3, was built in 1899 by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, Pa.; purchased by the Navy from the Luckenbach S.S. Co., 12 October 1917; and commissioned 6 December 1917. Assigned to the 3d Naval District, she operated out of New York as a seagoing tug until 6 December 1919, when she was put up for sale. She was sold 21 May 1920 to the Bisso Towing Co.

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