Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Army Ship Photo Archive

Butterfield (LT-145)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal

  • Laid down in 1919 as the steel hull tug Butterfield at Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Elizabeth, N.J. for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Launched in 1919
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board in 1919
  • Butterfield served as a floating radio station in the Caribbean from 1919 to 1922 for the US Navy
  • Acquired by the Newaygo Tug Line of Milwaukee, WI. in 1922
  • Sold in 1937 to Consolidated Water Power & Paper Co. of Wisconsin Rapids, WI., employed towing pulpwood barges in Lake Superior
  • Acquired by the US Army Quartermaster Corps, circa 1942, name retained
  • Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps, placed in service as Butterfield (LT-145)
  • Butterfield was assigned to service in the Territory of Alaska supplying Army garrison in the Aleutian Island from 1942 to 1945
  • Retired from US Army service in 1945
  • Reacquired by Consolidated Water Power & Paper Co. in 1945
  • Repowered in 1957 (436 gross - 296 net)
  • Acquired by Roen Steamship Co in 1957 , renamed John Purves homeported at Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Sold in 1974 to Eder Barge & Towing, Inc,, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Sold in 1978 to Engine & Leasing Co., South Haven, MI.
  • Current Disposition, museum ship at Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
    AS Built Specifications:
    Displacement 429 t.
    Length 142'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 14'6"
    Speed unknown
    Armament two 20mm MGs
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine 850hp
    single propeller

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    Merchant Service
    56k Butterfield underway on the Great Lakes,date unknown.
    Historial Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green Stat University
    Johv Purves
    162k John Purves moored in her permanent berth at Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI. Pim van Wijngaarden

    There is no history available for Butterfield (LT-145) at NavSource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Historic Naval Ships Association
    Door County Maritime Museum
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The US Army Ship Index Back To The US Army Tugs
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last updated 13 May 2022