USS Mariner (1906)

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USS Mariner tug built in 1906.jpg
Tug Mariner photographed prior to 1917, while still in civilian service.
Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Mariner
Laid down: date unknown
Completed: 1906 at Camden, New Jersey
Acquired: leased by the Navy 1 February 1918
Commissioned: 1 February 1918
Decommissioned: circa 13 January 1919
Struck: circa 13 January 1919
Homeport: Panama Canal Zone
Fate: returned to her owner, 13 January 1919
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Displacement: 234 long tons (238 t)
Length: 113 ft (34 m)
Beam: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
Draft: 7 ft (2.1 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed: 12 kn (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 23
Armament: 2 × 1-pounder guns

USS Mariner (1906) was a commercial tugboat operating in the Panama Canal area. When World War I broke out, she was commissioned and armed by the United States Navy, and spent the rest of the war protecting vessels in the vicinity of the canal from German submarines.

A tug built in Camden, New Jersey[edit]

The second ship to be so named by the U.S. Navy, Mariner, a 234 long tons (238 t) steam tug, was built at Camden, New Jersey, in 1906. Following America’s entry into World War I, she was taken over by the Navy and commissioned 1 February 1918, Lt. (jg.) W. C. Coalfleet, USNRF, in command.

She was employed by the Panama Canal Commission during the construction of the Panama Canal and after its completion. Assigned to the Panama Canal Zone,

World War I service[edit]

Taken over by the U.S. Navy in early 1918, she was commissioned as USS Mariner (with no identification number) in February to serve in the Panama Canal Zone area on patrol and tug duties. Mariner patrolled the approaches to the canal and provided tug and towing services during the remainder of World War I.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

She was returned to her owner 13 January 1919 and resumed her civilian work. Her name was struck from the Navy list.

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