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USS Caesar (AC-16)
USS Caesar (Collier #16) (1898 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign, 1912:
Nan - Cast - Yoke
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Mobile Base Clasp)
Caesar Class Collier;
  • Laid down in 1896 as SS Kingtor by Ropner and Sons, Stockton-On-Tees, England
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 21 April 1898
  • Commissioned USS Caesar (Collier #16), 13 May 1898, LCDR. A. B. Speyers in command
  • Decommissioned, 23 May 1904, at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 27 December 1904
  • Decommissioned, 28 October 1905, at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 5 November 1905
  • Designated (AC-16), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 11 June 1922, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Sold 22 December 1922
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 5,920 t.
    Length 322' 1"
    Beam 43' 11"
    Draft 17' 7"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament two 3-pdrs
    coal fired reciprocating steam engine
    single propeller

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    USS Caesar (Collier #16)
    Caesar - Gaius Julius Caesar (12 July 100 BC 15 March 44 BC) better known as Julius Caesar, was a Roman statesman and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He was also a historian and author of Latin prose.
    Bust of Julius Caesar, posthumous portrait of the 1st century AD, Altes Museum, Berlin.
    Tommy Trampp
    Caesar 90k USS Caesar (Collier #16) in port, possibly while fitting out for Navy service in April-May 1898.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-28-5-11, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Caesar 86k USS Caesar (Collier #16) at anchor in 1908-1909, while transporting submarines to the Philippine Islands. The "boats" are either USS Porpoise (Submarine #7) and USS Shark (Submarine #8), which were embarked on Caesar in April-July 1908, or USS Adder (Submarine #3) and USS Moccasin (Submarine #5), which were on board in July-October 1909.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo NH 78275, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS Caesar (AC-16)
    Caesar 98k This may be USS Caesar (Collier #16) coaling USS California (Armored Cruiser #6) circa 1907-1908 and the location may be in California. The original photograph was printed on a postal card, published by Frank J. Stumm, Benignant, Benecia, CA.
    >US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86211, courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Caesar 79k Panoramic photograph of USS Caesar (AC-16)'s Officers and Crew, taken on board at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, 1921.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 98658, donation of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Museum, Portsmouth, VA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Caesar 143k Winter view of USS Caesar (AC-16) moored pierside, date and location unknown
    US Library of Congress, Photo # LC-B2-4082-4
    Mike Green

    USS Caesar (Collier #16 / AC-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Speyers, Arthur Bayard USN (USNA 1868)13 May 1898 - 31 December 1898
     Decommissioned31 December 1898 - 3 March 1899
    02LCDR. Sawyer, Frank Ezra USN (USNA 1872)3 March 1899 - 23 March 1901
     Decommissioned23 March 1901 - 1 September 1903
    03LCDR. Stafford, George Henry USN (USNA 1878)1 September 1903 - 23 May 1904
     Decommissioned23 May 1904 - 4 November 1905
    04LCDR. Stafford, George Henry USN (USNA 1878)27 December 1904 - 28 October 1905
     Decommissioned28 October 1905 - 4 November 1905
    05MASTER Hutchinson, Joseph Samuel (Naval Auxiliary Service)4 November 1905 - 24 May 1906
    06MASTER Easton, Richard John, (Naval Auxiliary Service)24 May 1906 - 10 August 1907
    07MASTER Randall, Albert B. (Naval Auxiliary Service)10 August 1907 - 24 May 1908
    08MASTER Easton, Richard Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)24 May 1908 - 8 April 1910
    09MASTER Horton, Fred Everett (Naval Auxiliary Service)8 April 1910 - 30 June 1910
    10MASTER LeCain, Francis Norman (Naval Auxiliary Service)30 June 1910 - 18 June 1915
    11LCDR. Zogbaum Jr., Rufus Fairchild, USN (USNA 1901) :RADM18 June 1915 - 16 July 1915
    12MASTER Tilton, Charles Otis (Naval Auxiliary Service)16 July 1915 - 9 October 1915
    13LCDR. Hunt, Walter Merrill, USN (USNA 1899)9 October 1915 - 17 March 1916
    14LCDR. Enochs, John Matt, USN (USNA 1901)17 March 1916 - 27 September 1918
    15CDR. Shurtleff, Isaiah Frederick, USNRF27 September 1918 - 10 January 1919
    16LCDR. Sheridan, Paul Henry, USNRF10 January 1919 - 1920
    17CDR. Shurtleff, Isaiah Frederick, USNRF1920 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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