USS Challenge (ID-1015)

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USS Challenge (AT-59) Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 14 February 1921
USS Challenge (AT-59) Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 14 February 1921.
Name: USS Challenge
Builder: Dialogue and Sons, Camden, New Jersey
Launched: 1889, as the tug Defiance
Acquired: 13 June 1918
Commissioned: 29 July 1918, as USS Defiance (SP-1015)
Decommissioned: 13 May 1922
Recommissioned: 21 February 1925
Decommissioned: 2 December 1940
In service: 2 December 1940
Out of service: 16 October 1946
Renamed: Challenge, 15 August 1918
Reclassified: AT-59, 21 February 1925
YT-126 (Yard Tug), 31 January 1936
YTM-126 (Medium Harbor Tug), 13 April 1944
Fate: Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 16 October 1946
General characteristics
Type: Tug
Displacement: 246 long tons (250 t)
Length: 122 ft (37 m)
Beam: 22 ft 2 in (6.76 m)
Draft: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Propulsion: 1 × oil-burning steam engine, 750 shp (559 kW)
1 × auxiliary engine
1 shaft
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 31
Armament: 2 × 3-pounder guns

USS Challenge (SP-1015/AT-59/YT-126/YTM-126) was a commercial tugboat acquired by the United States Navy for service in World War I, and remained available for duty during World War II.

The ship was built in 1889 by J. H. Dialogue and Sons, Camden, New Jersey, as the tug Defiance and commandeered by the Navy from the Shipowners & Merchants Tugboat Co., San Francisco, California, on 13 June 1918, delivered on 24 June, and outfitted at Mare Island Navy Yard. Commissioned as USS Defiance (SP-1015) on 29 July 1918, with Lieutenant M. J. Downes, USNRF, in command. She was renamed USS Challenge on 15 August 1918.

World War I

Challenge towed oil barges between California and Mexico until 31 May 1920, when she arrived at Bremerton, Washington, for duty under the 13th Naval District. She served as a harbor tug at Puget Sound Navy Yard until decommissioned 13 May 1922.

Recommissioned and reclassified AT-59 on 21 February 1925, Challenge resumed duty as a yard tug at Puget Sound. On 31 January 1936, she was reclassified YT-126, and on 2 December 1940, decommissioned and placed "in service". Reclassified YTM-126 on 13 April 1944; and on 16 October 1946, transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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