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Alexander H. Erickson (ID 2298)

Harbor Tug:

  • Built in 1917 by Hahn and Miller, New Baltimore, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 March 1918
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 August 1919 and returned to her owners
  • Acquired in 1950 by the Moran Towing Co. of New York, NY
  • Scrapped in 1955.


  • Displacement 150 t.
  • Length 76'
  • Beam 19'
  • Draft 7' 6"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Speed 7.8 kts.
  • Propulsion: One marine leg boiler, one 75hp vertical single expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Alexander H. Erickson 87k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 95897
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Scott Grisell Lamb, USN - USNA Class of 19181918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Alexander H. Erickson—a tug built in 1917 by Hahn and Miller of New Baltimore, N. Y., for the Olsen Water and Towing Co., of New York City—was inspected in the 3d Naval District (New York) on 4 February 1918 and was reported as taken over by the Navy on 9 March 1918. The operations of this harbor tug—which was assigned the identification number (Id. No. 2298)-are not reflected in any logs, but sources indicate that her ultimate duty was to handle barges at Norfolk, Va. Recorded as transferred from 3d to 5th Naval District on 20 August 1919, her service in that locale was apparently quite short, since the same source indicates that she was returned to her owner on 28 August 1919. Her name was struck from the Navy list on the
    same day.

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