USS Joseph M. Clark

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Joseph M. Clark

A former name retained.

(SP-1244: t. 93; 1. 86'2"; b. 20'7"; dr. 11'; s. 11 k.; a.2 3-pdrs.)

Joseph M. Clark, a steam tug, built in 1899 by the R. W. Spedden Co., Baltimore, Md., was leased by the Navy from Joseph M. Clark & Co. of Norfolk, Va. 26 October 1917, and commissioned the same day, Boatswain Merriken, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Joseph M. Clark served as a harbor tug and section patrol sweeper out of Norfolk, operating along the lower reaches of the James and Elizabeth Rivers. She decommissioned 12 November and was returned to her owner.