USS Concord (SP-773)

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USS Muscotah (YT-33) off the Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia, circa 1932-1934.
Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Concord
Namesake: A town in Massachusetts
Owner: Staples Transportation Company of New York City
Builder: Charles Hillman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Laid down: date unknown
Completed: 1898
Acquired: by the Navy 22 September 1917
Commissioned: 20 November 1917 as USS Concord (SP 773)
Decommissioned: circa November 1919
In service: December 1919 at the Washington Navy Yard
Out of service: 4 November 1934
Renamed: USS Mendota (YT 33), 20 November 1920; later renamed Muscotah
Reclassified: USS Muscotah (YT-33)
Fate: sold 30 April 1937; fate unknown
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Tonnage: 353 tons
Length: 140'
Beam: 26'
Draft: 11'
Propulsion: not known
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 36 officers and enlisted
Armament: One 3-inch gun

USS Concord (SP-773), later known as USS Mendota (YT-33) and again later as USS Muscotah (YT-33) was a tugboat acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. Concord was initially assigned to North Atlantic towing duties, and later was assigned as harbor tug at the Washington Navy Yard. She was sold in 1937.

Constructed in Philadelphia[edit]

The third ship to be so named by the U.S. Navy, Concord (No. 773) was built in 1898 by Charles Hillman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; purchased by the Navy 22 September 1917; outfitted by Boston Navy Yard; and commissioned 20 November 1917, Lieutenant (junior grade) E. M. Gracie, USNRF, in command.

She was renamed and reclassified Mendota (YT-33) on 20 November 1920, and her name was again changed on 30 January 1932 to Muscotah.

World War I service[edit]

Concord sailed from Philadelphia 15 December 1917 for Bermuda where she joined Galatia and Gypsum Queen to tow three French submarine chasers to Ponta Delgada, Azores. She continued to Brest, France, arriving 22 February 1918 for service as harbor tug until 25 October 1919.

She returned to Norfolk, Virginia, 28 November, and the next month reported to Washington Navy Yard where she was placed "in service" and served as a harbor tug.

Final decommissioning[edit]

She was placed out of service 4 November 1934 and sold 30 April 1937.

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