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

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-15), 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, fate unknown
    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 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.

    USS Vulcan (AC-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01MASTER, Merithew, Jeremiah (Naval Auxiliary Service)2 October 1909 - July 1910
    02MASTER, Eaton, Richard Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)July 1910 - 8 June 1911
    03LCDR, Greenslade, John Willis USN (USNA 1899)8 June 1911 - 2 July 1912
    04MASTER, Eaton, Richard Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)2 July 1912 - ?
    05MASTER, Newell, Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)25 February 1914 - 6 August 1915
    06MASTER Mc Bain, David Arthur (Naval Auxiliary Service) August 1915 - ?
    07LCDR. Mc Bain, David Arthur USNRF5 February 1917 - ?
    08LCDR. Bevilaqua, Ottorino, USNRF20 July 1919 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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