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USS Nahant (SP-1250)

Luckenbach No. 4 (U.S. Tug, 1913) photographed circa 1917, later renamed USS Nahant (SP-1250).
Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Nahant
Namesake: A seaside resort in Essex County, Massachusetts, located on a small peninsula on Massachusetts Bay.
Owner: E. F. Luckenbach of New York, New York
Builder: John H. Dialogue, Camden, New Jersey
Laid down: date unknown
Christened: as Thomas J. Scully; renamed Luckenbach No. 4
Completed: 1913
Acquired: by the Navy, 1 December 1917
Commissioned: 12 December 1917 as USS Nahant (SP 1250)
Decommissioned: 1920
In service: 1920 (loaned to the City of New York)
Out of service: 1928 (returned to the Navy)
Renamed: as Service No. 3 and as John F. Harlan by the City of New York
Struck: 27 September 1928
Homeport: New York City
Fate: sold to Joseph O’Boyle of New York City 24 December 1928; scrapped in 1962.
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Displacement: 405 tons
Length: 134' 7"
Beam: 26'
Draft: not known
Propulsion: not known
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
  • One 3-inch gun
  • Two machine guns

USS Nahant (SP-1250) was a tugboat acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was employed as a tugboat in New York harbor. Post-war she was placed on loan with the City of New York until 1928, when she was disposed of by the Navy.


  • Constructed in New Jersey 1
  • World War I service 2
  • On loan to the City of New York 3
  • Final disposition 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Constructed in New Jersey

Nahant, a 405 gross ton harbor tug built in 1913 by John H. Dialogue, Camden, New Jersey, as Luckenbach No. 4 was acquired by the Navy from Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc., New York City, 1 December 1917. Renamed Nahant and given the registry number SP-1250, she was placed in commission at the beginning of December 1917.

World War I service

Operating in the 3rd Naval District, Nahant performed towing tasks in New York Harbor for the rest of World War I and into the early post-war era.

On loan to the City of New York

Decommissioning early in 1920, Nahant was transferred to the City of New York and served the Police Department as Service No. 3 and as John F. Harlan.

Final disposition

Returned to the Navy in 1928, Nahant was struck from the Naval Register 27 September 1928 and sold to Joseph O’Boyle of New York City 24 December 1928. Subsequently, she enjoyed a lengthy maritime history, changing her name a few times as: Gotham, W. E. Hunt, and Good Fortune. She was finally scrapped in 1962.

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