From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


An Indian tribe, formerly of Alabama and Mississippi, now resident in Oklahoma.


YT - 26: t. 152 l. 91'5" b. 21'

dr. 10' s. 10 k. a. 1 x 3-pdr., 1 x 1-pdr.

The second Choctaw (YT-26) was built, in 1892, by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, Pa., as C. G. Coyle; purchased 19 April 1898; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant (junior grade) W. O. Hulme in command.

Attached to the Auxiliary Naval Force for patrol duty in the Spanish American War, Choctaw arrived at Pensacola, Fla., 11 June 1898. She cruised in the Gulf of Mexico, until she was placed out of commission at Pensacola Navy Yard, 26 August 1898.

Recommissioned 15 June 1899, she sailed for Portsmouth, N.H., with Monongahela in tow, then was stationed at Newport, R.I., as yard tug. While undergoing repairs at Norfolk Navy Yard, she was placed out of commission, 15 July 1902. Upon her recommissioning in 1904, she was assigned to Washington Navy Yard for duty as a yard craft. She was renamed Wicomico, 20 February 1918. Transferred to Norfolk Navy Yard, 21 April 1921, she remained there, on yard duty, until sunk in a collision with Goff at Hampton Roads, 15 February 1940. She was stricken from the Navy List, 27 February, and sold for salvage and scrapping, 10 August 1940.

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Date: 19 Dec 1998