USS Challenge (ID-1015)
|Builder:||Dialogue and Sons, Camden, New Jersey|
|Launched:||1889, as the tug Defiance|
|Acquired:||13 June 1918|
|Commissioned:||29 July 1918, as USS Defiance (SP-1015)|
|Decommissioned:||13 May 1922|
|Recommissioned:||21 February 1925|
|Decommissioned:||2 December 1940|
|In service:||2 December 1940|
|Out of service:||16 October 1946|
|Renamed:||Challenge, 15 August 1918|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 16 October 1946|
|Displacement:||246 long tons (250 t)|
|Length:||122 ft (37 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft 2 in (6.76 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)|
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|Armament:||2 × 3-pounder guns|
The ship was built in 1889 by J. H. Dialogue and Sons, Camden, New Jersey, as the tug Defiance and commandeered by the Navy from the Shipowners & Merchants Tugboat Co., San Francisco, California, on 13 June 1918, delivered on 24 June, and outfitted at Mare Island Navy Yard. Commissioned as USS Defiance (SP-1015) on 29 July 1918, with Lieutenant M. J. Downes, USNRF, in command. She was renamed USS Challenge on 15 August 1918.
World War I
Challenge towed oil barges between California and Mexico until 31 May 1920, when she arrived at Bremerton, Washington, for duty under the 13th Naval District. She served as a harbor tug at Puget Sound Navy Yard until decommissioned 13 May 1922.
Recommissioned and reclassified AT-59 on 21 February 1925, Challenge resumed duty as a yard tug at Puget Sound. On 31 January 1936, she was reclassified YT-126, and on 2 December 1940, decommissioned and placed "in service". Reclassified YTM-126 on 13 April 1944; and on 16 October 1946, transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal.
- Photo gallery of USS Challenge at NavSource Naval History