From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, V. 5, 1970 (1979 reprint), p. 80.


A river in western Maine, emptying into the Androscoggin river.

(ScTug: dp. 156; l. 85'; b. 19'; dr. 8'6"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 15; a. 1 6 pdr., 1 Colt)

Nezinscot, a converted steel tug was built by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, Pa.; purchased from Moran and Co. 25 March 1898; and commissioned at Key West, Fla., 2 April 1898, Boatswain J. J. Holden in command.

Serving with the North Atlantic Fleet during the Spanish-American War, operating out of Key West, Nezinscot remained in port following the end of hostilities until the middle of 1900 when she sailed first to Norfolk and then early in 1901 to the Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. For the next eight and one half years, the tug operated out of Portsmouth, towing numerous ships, from battleship Missouri (BB-11) to the smallest auxiliary barge, and making brief voyages to New York Navy Yard, ports in Maine, and most frequently to Boston. While steaming to Boston, Nezinscot capsized and sank off Cape Ann, Mass. 11 August 1909.

Transcribed by Richard H. Bouchard.