From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
J. Alvah Clark
A former name retained.
(SP - 1248: t. 130; l. 90'; b. 19'; dr. 11'6"; s. 10 k.)
J. Alvah Clark (SP-1248), a steam tug, was built in 1891 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.; and acquired in October 1917 from her owner, the Joseph M. Clark Co. of Norfolk.
J. Alvah Clark, assigned to the 5th Naval District performed towing and tug duties in Hampton Roads, served on net patrol, and transported armed guards to merchant vessels in the harbor during World War I. She was returned to her owner 29 July 1919.
Transcribed by Yves HUBERT (firstname.lastname@example.org)