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USS Proteus (AC-9)
USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9) (1913 - 1920)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp)
Proteus Class Collier:
  • Laid down, 31 October 1911, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 14 September 1912
  • Commissioned USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9), 9 July 1913, Master Richard J. Easton, Naval Auxiliary Service, in command
  • Designated USS Proteus (AC-9), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1924, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1940
  • Sold, 8 March 1941, to Saguenay Terminals Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Final Disposition, missing at sea, 10 December 1941 while on a voyage from St. Thomas, V.I. in the Bermuda Triangle
    Displacement 19,000 t.
    Length 522'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 27' 8"
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 158
    Armament four 4-pdrs
    one vertical triple expansion reciprocated steam engine
    two coal-fired boilers
    single propeller

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    Proteus 144k Proteus (Fuel Ship #9), 1 July 1913, nine days before commissioning. This ship had Mead-Morrison coal handling gear as did USS Cyclops (Fuel Ship #4), but the system of uprights and booms, designed by a different shipbuilder, differed from that in the earlier ship.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 44057, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Proteus 415k USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9) date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Tommy Trampp
    Proteus 45k Starboard broadside view of USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9) anchored at Olongapo, Philippines, 22 February 1915. Note flags in honor of Washington's birthday.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH-88565, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Proteus 22k USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9), circa 1916 or 1917, location unknown. Chris MacDonald in honor of his grand-uncle, Dan Archibald MacDonald, who lost his life in Proteus
    Proteus 122k USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9) loading coal, probably soon after her armament was fitted circa mid-1917.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 44057, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Proteus 103k USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9), at New York Navy Yard, 20 June 1918
    US Navy photo # NR&L(M) 4383
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Proteus 66k Post card image of three USS Proteus (AC-9) crew members siting on a life raft, circa 1920s. Tommy Trampp

    USS Proteus (Fuel Ship #9) / (AC-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Master Easton, Richard James, (Naval Auxiliary Service)9 July 1913 - 31 March 1914
     In Reserve at Norfolk, VA.31 March 1914 - 1915
    02MASTER/LCDR. Hansen, Neils Sigurd, NAS/USNRF22 December 1916 - 10 June 1920
    03LCDR. Horton, Fred Edward, USNRF10 June 1920 - 17 July 1921
    04LCDR. Lane, Eugene USN17 July 1921 - 10 June 1922
    05CDR. Slayton, Charles Churchill10 June 1922 - 24 March 1924
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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