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USS Neptune (AC-8)
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USS Neptune (Fuel Ship #8) (1913 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Dominican Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp)
Neptune Class Collier:
  • Laid down, 23 March 1910, at Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 21 January 1911
  • Placed in service, 20 September 1911, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., Master F. E. Horton, Naval Auxiliary Service, in command
  • Placed out of service, 13 October 1913, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. and laid up in reserve
  • Commissioned USS Neptune (Fuel Ship #8), 7 December 1914
  • Designated USS Neptune (AC-8), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1922, at Boston, MA.
  • Laid up in reserve at League Island, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 May 1938
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 April 1939 to Northern Metals, Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 19,375 t.
    Length 542'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 27' 7"
    Speed 12.9 kts.
    Complement 104
    Armament
    four 4"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion coal fired steam turbine, single propeller
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    Neptune 533k Neptune christening as reported in the local newspaper The Evening Star January 21 1911 - "Christened The Neptune at Sparrows Point Today" Michael Mohl
    Neptune 102k Neptune (Fuel Ship #8) near the New York Navy Yard in the Hudson River, 3 October 1911 during the 1911 Presidential Naval Review.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 45676, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Neptune 1441k USS Neptune (Fuel Ship #8) moored pierside location unknown, circa 1911-1915.
    Photo from the George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress.
    Robert Hurst
    Neptune 82k USS Neptune (Fuel Ship #8) underway, probably prior to or during World War I. Note: This photograph has also been identified, incorrectly, as showing USS Orion (Fuel Ship #11).
    US Navy photo # NH 44048 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Neptune 182k USS Neptune (Fuel Ship #8) circa 1916, probably photographed by O. W. Waterman of Hampton, VA. Neptune has received her armament of four 4"/50 guns and her topmasts have been raised to improve radio performance.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 104945, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Neptune 105k USS Neptune (Fuel Ship #8) underway, circa 1917-1918, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (S-343 page 119). Photo # None, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Neptune 97k USS Neptune (Fuel Ship #8) at sea, circa 1919-1921, with a flush deck destroyer alongside for refueling.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 106643, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USS Neptune (AC-8)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Master Horton, F. E. (Naval Auxiliary Service) 20 September 1911 - 13 October 1913
    02LCDR. Pinkham, Howard Edward, USNRF1920 - 19 January 1921
    03CDR. Kelton, William John, USNRF19 January 1921 - 14 January 1922
    04LCDR. Neal, F. C., USNRF14 January 1922 - 28 June 1922
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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