USS Conestoga (AT-54)

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USS Conestoga (AT-54)
Career
Name: USS Conestoga
Builder: Maryland Steel Company, Sparrows Point, Maryland
Laid down: 1904
Acquired: by purchase, 14 September 1917
Commissioned: 10 November 1917
Reclassified: AT-54, 17 July 1920
Fate: Declared "Lost at Sea", 30 June 1921
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Displacement: 420 long tons (430 t)
Length: 170 ft (52 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Speed: 13 kn (15 mph; 24 km/h)
Complement: 56
Armament: 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun

The second USS Conestoga (SP-1128/AT-54) was an ocean-going tug in the United States Navy.

Originally built as the civilian ship Conestoga in 1904 by Maryland Steel Company, Sparrows Point, Maryland, she was purchased on 14 September 1917 for the World War I duty and designated SP-1128. She was commissioned on 10 November 1917, Lieutenant (junior grade) C. Olsen, USNRF, in command.

Service history[edit]

Assigned to the Submarine Force, Conestoga carried out towing duties along the Atlantic coast, transported supplies and guns, escorted convoys to Bermuda and the Azores, and cruised with the American Patrol Detachment in the vicinity of the Azores. At the end of the war she was attached to Naval Base No. 13, Azores, from which she towed disabled ships and escorted convoys until her arrival at New York on 26 September 1919. She was then assigned to harbor tug duty in the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Virginia.

Conestoga (which had received the hull number AT-54 in July 1920) went to the Pacific in late 1920. She was at San Diego, California and Mare Island, California, during the first three months of 1921. On 25 March of that year the tug steamed out of Mare Island, with a barge of coal sailing via Pearl Harbor planning to take up an assignment as station ship at Tutuila, American Samoa.

Commanded by Lt. Ernest Larkin Jones, Conestoga was never seen again. Despite an extensive search, the only trace found of her was a lifeboat bearing the initial letter of her name.

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