USS Mariner (1906)
Tug Mariner photographed prior to 1917, while still in civilian service.
|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|
|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)|
|Speed:||12 kn (14 mph; 22 km/h)|
|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
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.
World War I service
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.
She was returned to her owner 13 January 1919 and resumed her civilian work. Her name was struck from the Navy list.