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Goliah (SP 1494)

Call sign (1919):
George - Quack - Fox - King

Call sign (1927):
King - William - Love - Preparatory


  • Built in 1907 by John H. Dialogue and Sons, Camden, NJ for the Shipowners and Merchants Towing Co. of San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the Puget Sound Tug Boat Company of Port Townsend, Washington
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 December 1917
  • Commissioned 31 January 1918 at Mare Island, CA
  • Decommissioned 29 November 1919
  • Transferred to the United States Shipping Board 7 October 1921
  • Acquired in 1926 by the Wood Towing Corp. of Norfolk, Virginia as the tug Goliah
  • Acquired in 1935 by the Eastern Transportation Corporation of New York, New York
  • Acquired in 1951 by the Baltimore Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Scrapped in 1952 at Baltimore.


  • Displacement 414 t.
  • Length 135'
  • Beam 27' 1"
  • Draft 16'
    1926 - 15.2'
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 30
    1926 - 16
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single-ended oil fired boiler, one 1,000hp vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Goliah 116k Courtesy of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Photo No. A1.28716
    Christopher Edwards
    Goliah 159k Goliah with Shipowners and Merchants
    Photo courtesy of Daniel Porter
    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 4 May 2020

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Werner Tornroth, USNRF31 January 1918
    02LTJG Harry Carter Grimm, USNRF1918 - 1919
    03LT Carl G. Selander, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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