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Advance (YT 28)
ex-Advance (ID 3057)


  • Built in 1912 by M. M. Davis, Solomons Island, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy in July 1918
  • Commissioned Advance (ID 3057), 27 July 1918
  • Reclassified as a Harbor Tug, YT-28, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 7 June 1933 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 December 1933
  • Sold 14 June 1934 to Martin J. Carroll of Brooklyn, NY
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 167 t.
  • Length 107' 6"
  • Beam 22' 8"
  • Draft 11' 5"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 20
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 600hp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Advance 65k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100589
    Naval Historical Center
    Advance 162k In dry dock, probably after World War I.
    US Navy Photo NH 100576

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: In June or July 1918, the fourth Advance (Id. No. 3057)—a tug built in 1912 at Solomons Island, Md., by M. M. Davis—was acquired by the Navy from A. J. Taylor & Bros., Washington, D.C., and was placed in commission on 27 July 1918. For the duration of World War I, she served as a patrol vessel assigned to the 5th Naval District and was based at Norfolk, Va. Following the end of hostilities, she became a harbor tug at Norfolk and remained so employed for the rest of her Navy career. She was designated YT-28 on 17 July 1920 when the Navy adopted the alphanumeric system of hull designations. Advance remained active at Norfolk until 7 June 1933, when she was decommissioned and berthed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 12 December 1933; and she was sold to Mr. Martin J. Carroll, Brooklyn, N.Y., on 14 June 1934.

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