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USS Mars (AC-6)
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USS Mars (Fuel Ship #6) (1900 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal

Vulcan Class Collier:
  • Laid down, 5 October 1908 at Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 10 April 1909
  • Commissioned USS Mars (Fuel Ship #6), 26 August 1900, at Norfolk, VA., Master Arthur B. Randall (Naval Auxiliary Service) in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 July 1912, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 11 December 1912
  • Decommissioned, 15 July 1913
  • Recommissioned, 8 May 1914
  • Designated USS Mars (AC-6), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 27 December 1921
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 April 1923
  • Sold, 22 June 1923, for commercial service to John E. Walsh, Boston, MA.
  • Final Disposition, ran aground off Diaquire, Cuba, and abandoned, 8 November 1924
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,250 t.
    Length 403'
    Beam 53'
    Draft 24' 8" (mean)
    Speed 12.65 kts.
    Complement 82
    Armament
    four .50 caliber machine guns
    Machinery
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    four single end coal fired boilers
    two 15Kw 125V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 3,818shp

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    Mars 320k USS Mars (Fuel Ship #6) moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA in 1916.
    US Library of Congress photo.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mars
    19-N-12233
    109k USS Mars (Fuel Ship #6) moored at Washington Navy Yard, 7 April 1916.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 9, Photo # 19-N-12233 and U.S. National Archives, RG-19-A-1., Photo No. 19-N-16-1-10 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Mars
    19-N-16-1-10
    124k
    Mars 106k USS Mars (Fuel Ship #6) at anchor off Spalato (Split), Croatia in the Adriatic, circa 1919.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command., Photo # NH 389
    Mike Green
    Mars 75k USS Mars (AC-6) dry docked at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 16 March 1921. Photographed by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 324 First Street, Portsmouth, VA.
    US Navy photo # NH 105183 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970.
    Robert Hurst
    Mars 84k USS Mars (AC-6) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Mars (AC-6)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01MASTER, Randall, Arthur B. (Naval Auxiliary Service)26 August 1900
     Decommissioned3 July 1912 - 11 December 1912
     Decommissioned15 July 1913 - 8 May 1914
    02MASTER, Randall, Albert Paul (Naval Auxiliary Service)1 October 1916
    03CDR, Smith, James Downing, USNRF6 January 1917 - 23 June 1919
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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