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Washington (SP 1241)

Sunk 9 December 1917

Schooner Barge:

  • Built in 1879 as Manuel Llaguno by John McDonald, Bath, ME
  • Sold in 1905 to the Luckenbach Steamship Co. of New York as a barge
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 October 1917 and placed in service as USS Washington (SP 1241)
  • Grounded while in tow from Hampton Roads, Virginia, 9 December 1917 with 2,300 tons of coal on board after being caught in a heavy snow storm while attempting to enter the Ambrose Channel,
    New York
  • Determined to be unsalvageable, she was stricken from the Navy Register 9 February 1918.


  • Displacement 1,724 t.
  • Propulsion: Non-self propelled.
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    Manuel Llaguno
    Manuel Llaguno/Washington 76k Under the command of Capt Daniel C. Nichols of Searsport, Maine in Hong Kong, near the end of her sailing life. The painting originally had one mast placed incorrectly. The captain had the artist correct it, but the reflection in the water was not painted out. The picture shows four reflections for three masts.

    She was launched by John McDonald in Bath, Maine in 1879. Her rig was so tall that she needed her royal masts, at the very tops of the rig, to be strikeable so that she could get under the Brooklyn Bridge. She frequently made the New York to San Francisco run.

    Captain Nichols commanded the vessel for only five years, retiring when she was sold to the Luckenbach company as a barge in 1905

    John Spivey
    Photo added 12 November 2021
    USS Washington (SP 1241)
    Washington 58k At anchor, prior to her brief World War I Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102510
    Naval Historical Center
    Washington 94k In port, prior to her brief World War I Naval service, with sails furled on her booms
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102511
    Washington 69k At anchor, prior to her brief World War I Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102512

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