USS Edgar F. Coney (SP-346)
|Name:||USS Edgar F. Coney|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||John B. Dialogue & Sons, Camden, New Jersey|
|Acquired:||22 September 1917|
|Commissioned:||22 September 1917|
|Decommissioned:||5 July 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as commercial tug Edgar F. Coney 1904-1917 and 1919-1930|
|Tonnage:||153 gross register tons|
|Length:||102 ft (31 m) (between perpendiculars)|
|Beam:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Propulsion:||Steam engine, 1,000 indicated horsepower, one shaft|
|Armament:||1 × 1-pounder gun|
Edgar F. Coney was built as a commercial steam tug of the same name in 1904 by John B. Dialogue & Sons at Camden, New Jersey, for the South Atlantic Towboat Company. On 22 September 1917, the U.S. Navy chartered her from her owner - by then Philip Shore of Tampa, Florida - for use during World War I. She was commissioned the same day as USS Edgar F. Coney (SP-346).
Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, Edgar F. Coney was based at Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York. She carried out towing duties in the New York City area for the remainder of World War I and into 1919.
Edgar F. Coney was decommissioned on 5 July 1919 and returned to her owner the same day. She returned to commercial service, and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida on 1 February 1930 with the loss of 14 crew members.
- "Casualty reports". The Times (45427). London. 3 February 1930. col E, p. 20.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Edgar F. Coney (American Tug, 1904). Served as USS Edgar F. Coney (SP-346) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Edgar F. Coney (SP 346)