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USS Neptune (AC-8)
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.
    Displacement 19,375 t.
    Length 542'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 27' 7"
    Speed 12.9 kts.
    Complement 104
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Mike Green

    USS Neptune (AC-8)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Master Horton, Fred Edward (Naval Auxiliary Service) 20 September 1911 - 5 December 1912
    02Master Tilton, Charles Otis (Naval Auxiliary Service) 5 December 1912 - ?
    03LCDR. Shane, Louis, USNRF29 May 1916 - September 1917
    04LCDR. Horton, Fred E., USNRF18 February 1918 - 10 January 1920
    05LCDR. Pinkham, Howard Edward, USNRF10 January 1920 - 19 January 1921
    06CDR. Kelton, William John, USNRF19 January 1921 - 14 January 1922
    07LCDR. Neal, Frederick C., USNRF14 January 1922 - 28 June 1922
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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