A river in New Jersey.
Builder: Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina
Length: 110' 6"
Draft: 12' 6"
Displacement: 290 tons
Commissioned: 5 January 1935
Decommissioned: 30 October 1968
Machinery: 1 General Electric motor connected to 2 General Electric generators driven by 2 McIntosh Seymour 6-cylinder diesel engines; 800 SHP
Performance & Endurance:
Max: 12.0 knots
Cruising: 10.0 knots; 1,500 mile range
Complement: 16 (1938)
Armament: 2 x 20mm/80; 2 depth charge tracks (1944); none (peacetime)
Electronics: MR-3A (1961)
The Navesink was one of four 110-foot Calumet-class tugs that entered Coast Guard service in the mid-1930s. They were designed for light-icebreaking as well as traditional tug operations. The design proved to be so successful that the next three subsequent classes of tugs constructed for Coast Guard service closely followed the Calumet-class design.
She was initially stationed in the 3rd District and was based out of New York harbor. She was transferred to the 5th District in 1943 and was based out of Norfolk, Virginia and she conducted customs boardings, law enforcement and SAR patrols. She returned to New York in 1947 where she remained based out of for the rest of her Coast Guard career. On 16 June 1966 she assisted following the collision between the tankers Texaco Massachusetts and the Alva Cape in the Newark Channel. On 7 September 1966 she helped fight a fire on board the German passenger liner Hanseatic in New York harbor. On 25 December 1967 she helped fight a fire on board the Norwegian motor vessel Dianet in New York harbor.
She was decommissioned on 30 October 1968 and was sold on 21 May 1970.
Cutter History File. USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.
Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.
Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946-1990. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.