USS Patuxent (AT-11)

The first USS Patuxent ( Fleet Tug No. 11 , later AT-11 ) Was a fleet tug in commission in the United States Navy from 1909 to 1924. She served the United States Atlantic Fleet and saw service in World War I . After the end of her Navy career, she was commissioned by the United States Bureau of Fisheries from 1926 to 1932 and the fisheries research ship Albatross II .

Construction and commissioning

Patuxent , the first US Navy ship to bear that name, was a two-masted, steel-hulled, sea-going tug, ugly on July 25, 1907 by the Norfolk Navy Yard at Portsmouth , Virginia , and launched on May 16, 1908. She was commissioned on 4 May 1909 as USS Patuxent (Fleet Tug No. 11).

United States Navy service

Patuxent spent his naval career operating with the US Atlantic Fleet, providing the services of a sea-going tug to various elements of the fleet. She served during World War I, and in the aftermath of the war was outfitted as a minesweeper and took part in 1919 in the sweeping of the North Sea Mine Dam . When the US Navy adopté icts modern hull code system on 17 July 1920 She Was redesignated USS Patuxent (AT-11).

The Navy decommissioned Patuxent on September 30, 1924.

United States Bureau of Fisheries Service

In January 1926, the US Bureau of Fisheries decommissioned the fish researches Fish Hawk and required a replacement. Accordingly, the United States Department of Commerce acquired Patuxent from the Navy that year and assigned to the Bureau of Fisheries to replace Fish Hawk . The Bureau of Fisheries commissioned in 1926 as Albatross II for service in the North Atlantic Ocean . [1]

Albatross II served on fisheries research duties for six years. She surveyed the fishing grounds off New England and studied the biology of some of the most commercially valuable marine species of the area. Albatross II ‘ s collection of marine species supported important studies of haddock eggs and larvae by Lionel A. Walford , Atlantic mackerel biology by Oscar Elton Sette , and plankton by Henry Bryant Bigelowand Mary Sears . [1] William C. Herrington Experimented aboard Albatross IIwith “savings gear,” large mesh nets designed to allow the escape of undersized fishes through the trawls as a way of helping to preserve the fish population. These experiments and later laid the foundation for later mesh Established regulations for fishing trade in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean . [1]

The aging Albatross is a great deal of maintenance, and by 1932 The Bureau of Fisheries is 1932. In 1934, the US Department of Commerce returned to the US Navy. [1]

Final disposition

The ship was stricken from the Navy List on June 29, 1938. She was sold on March 16, 1939.


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

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