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USS Vulcan (AC-5)
USS Vulcan (Collier #5) (1909 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign, 1912:
Nan - Vice - Tare
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp)

Vulcan Class Collier:
  • Laid down, 5 October 1908, at Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 16 May1909
  • Commissioned as USS Vulcan (Collier No. 5), 2 October 1909, MASTER Jeremiah Merithew (Naval Auxiliary Service) in command
  • Deactivated, 4 May 1912, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H.
  • Reactivated, 25 February 1914
  • Designated USS Vulcan (AC-5), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 20 July 1921, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 April 1923
  • Sold, 12 December 1923, to N. Block and Co., Norfolk, VA.
  • Resold in 1926 to Pacific States Lumber Co., renamed SS Coos Bay
  • Final Disposition, grounded at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, 22 October 1927, total loss
    Displacement 11,250 t.
    Length 403'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24' 8" (mean)
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 82
    Armament none
    Propulsion coal fired steam turbine, single propeller

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    Vulcan - The god of fire including the fire of volcanoes, deserts, metalworking, and the forge in ancient Roman religion and myth. He is often depicted with a blacksmith's hammer.
    Tommy Trampp
    Vulcan 73k USS Vulcan (Collier # 5) underway off Boston, MA., 26 November 1911.
    US Navy photo # NH 66849, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Vulcan 60k USS Vulcan (Collier # 5) coaling USS Tennessee (Armored Cruiser No. 10) at Alexandria, Egypt, circa late 1914 or early 1915. Note the lateen-rigged sailboat at right.
    US Navy photo # NH 100920 from the US Naval Historical Center, Collection of Earl P. Crandall.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Vulcan 36k USS Vulcan (Collier # 5) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NR&L(M) 13453, from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    210k USS Vulcan (Collier # 5) at the Guantanamo Bay coaling pier, circa 1910s. Jason Post

    USS Vulcan (AC-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01MASTER, Merithew, Jeremiah (Naval Auxiliary Service)2 October 1909 - 26 March 1910
    02MASTER, Eaton, Richard Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)26 March 1910 - 8 June 1911
    03LCDR, Greenslade, John Willis USN (USNA 1899) :VADM8 June 1911 - 2 July 1912
    04MASTER, Eaton, Richard Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)2 July 1912 - 4 May 1913
     Deactivated4 May 1913 - 25 February 1914
    05MASTER, Newell, Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)25 February 1914 - August 1915
    06MASTER, Ellis, Edward Stanley USNRFAugust 1915 - 14 October 1915
    07MASTER Mc Bain, David Arthur (Naval Auxiliary Service) 14 October 1915 - 5 February 1917
    08LCDR. Mc Bain, David Arthur USNRF5 February 1917 - 21 June 1919
    09LCDR. Parker, Elliott Norman USNRF21 June 1919 - 25 June 1919
    10LCDR. Bevilaqua, Ottorino (Otto), USNRF25 June 1919 - 20 July 1921
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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