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USS Brutus (AC-15)
USS Brutus (Fuel Ship #15) (1898 - 1920)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal - Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)
Brutus Class Collier:
  • Built in 1894 as SS Peter Jebsen by J. Readhead and Sons, South Shields-on-Tyne, England
  • Acquired by the US Navy at San Francisco, 21 April 1898
  • Commissioned USS Brutus (Fuel Ship #15), 27 May 1898, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., LT. Vincendon L. Cottman, in command
  • Decommission, 20 October 1899, at Apra Harbor, Guam
  • Recommissioned, 25 December 1899
  • Decommissioned, 16 February 1900, at Apra Harbor
  • Recommissioned, Fall 1900
  • Decommissioned, 29 August 1901, at New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 8 March 1902
  • Decommissioned, 13 May 1908, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 2 January 1909
  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1912, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 2 July 1912
  • Designated (AC-15), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 17 August 1921
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 July 1922
  • Final Disposition, sold 29 July 1922, to A. Bercovich Co., Oakland, CA., fate unknown
    Displacement 2,000 t. 6,550(fl.)
    Length 332' 6"
    Beam 41' 6"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 63
    Armament two 6-pdrs
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two coal fired boilers
    single propeller

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    Brutus 77k USS Brutus being repainted into wartime gray, off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 28 May 1898. She had been commissioned on the previous day. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1970.
    US Navy photo # NH 71722 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Brutus 72k USS Brutus being repainted into wartime gray while at anchor in the Mare Island Channel, off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 28 May 1898. Note the steam gig alongside.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # AC 15 002-5-1898
    Darryl Baker
    Brutus 94k USS Brutus at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1964.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    AC 15 001-3-1899
    72k Forward view of US Brutus moored to the seawall at Navy Yard Mare Island, March 1899.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # AC 15 001-3-1899 and AC 15 001-4-1899
    Darryl Baker
    AC 15 001-4-1899
    Brutus 109k USS Brutus moored pierside, March 1902, location unknown.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 9., Photo # NH 19-N-14260, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Brutus 92k USS Brutus laying at anchor at Corinto, Nicaragua, prior to World War I.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 92194, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Brutus 119k USS Brutus at anchor, during or after World War I, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Brutus (AC-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT, Cottman, Vincendon L.27 May 1898 - 28 May 1900
    02CDR, Swift, William, USN (USNA 1867)28 May 1900 - 18 February 1901
    03CDR, Prime, Ebenezer Scudder, USN (USNA 1867)18 February 1901 - ?
     Decommissioned13 May 1908 - 2 January 1909
    04MASTER, Tilton, Charles Oscar (Naval Auxiliary Service)1908
    05MASTER, Carver, Isaac (Naval Auxiliary Service)2 July 1912
    06LT. Michael, Herbert Harlan30 August 1915
    08LCDR. Driggs, James Robert, USNRF10 December 1918
    10LCDR. Harrison, George G., USNRF30 April 1921 - 17 August 1921
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    USS Brutus (AC-15) - US Navy Colliers
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