USS New England (ID-1222)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS New England.
Career (United States)
Name: USS New England
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts
Completed: 1897
Acquired: 23 October 1917
Commissioned: 24 October 1917
Fate: Returned to owner 11 May 1919
Notes: Operated as commercial tug New England 1897-1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Tug
Displacement: 579 tons
Length: 130 ft 0 in (39.62 m)[1] or 130 ft 6 in (39.78 m)[2]
Beam: 31 ft 5 in (9.58 m)
Draft: 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
Speed: 8.25 knots

The second USS New England (ID-1222), also SP-1222, was a United States Navy tug in commission from 1917 to 1919.

New England was built in 1897 as a commercial tug of the same name by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company at Quincy, Massachusetts. On 23 October 1917, the U.S. Navy chartered her from her owner, the New England Steamship Company of New York City, for use during World War I. She was commissioned as USS New England on 24 October 1917; sources differ on whether or not she was commissioned with the section patrol number SP-1222[3] or the naval registry identification number 1222 (ID-1222),[4] and it possible that she originally was designated SP-1222 and later was redesignated ID-1222 because of her lack of patrol responsibilities.

Assigned to the 2nd Naval District in southern New England and based at Newport, Rhode Island, New England operated as a tug, aiding ships arriving at and departing from Newport and ferrying supplies for the rest of World War I and into 1919.

The Navy returned New England to the New England Steamship Company on 11 May 1919.

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