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USS Sterling (I)

International Radio Call Sign, 1912:
Nan - Tare - Able
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)

Screw Steamer (Collier):
  • Built, in 1881, as the cargo ship SS Lamington, by Robert Duncan & Co., Port Glasgow, Scotland, for Renton & Co., Glasgow, Scotland
  • Launched, 24 August 1881
  • Ownership transferred in 1885 to Raeburn & Verel
  • Ownership transferred in 1896 to Black Diamond Transportation Co., Boston
  • Commissioned, USS Sterling, 16 April 1898, CDR. R. E. Impey in command
  • During the Spanish-American war USS Sterling operated as a Collier along the US east coast and in the Caribbean
  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1899, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned in 1902, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
  • Decommissioned circa 1904
  • Recommissioned, 2 February 1916
  • Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), 9 January 1918
  • Reassigned to the 3rd Naval District, 6 May 1919
  • Decommissioned, 7 July 1919, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 August 1919
  • Final Disposition, hulk sold to F & H Starr, New York City
  • Resold in 1919 Anglo-South American Bank, Valparaiso, Chile, renamed SS Llai Llai, reflagged, Chilean
  • Final Disposition, sunk by collision with Chilean navy cruiser O'Higgins, 11 March 1920, in Iquique harbor
    Displacement 5,660 t.
    Length 284'
    Beam 37'
    Draft 22' 6"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 80
    four 6-pdrs
    two coal fired boilers
    one steam engine

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    Sterling 67k USS Sterling moored, probably at Boston, circa, 1898 to early 1899. Her original owner's smokestack markings are still visible under the probable overall coat of gray paint.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 1, Photo # 19-N-14247 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Sterling 55k USS Sterling moored inboard, the USS Vesuvius while laid up at Boston Navy Yard circa 1900. The stern of USS Prairie is partially visible at the extreme right.
    Photo courtesy of the Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard, 1979, US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 90373, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Sterling 90k USS Sterling in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 2 May 1907, during the Jamestown Exposition International Naval Review.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 1, Photo # 19-N-14225 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Sterling 106k US Collier Sterling at anchor in the Hudson River, 3 October 1911, near the New York Navy Yard during that year's Presidential Naval Review.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-61-8-16 and Library of Congress photo # LC-B2- 3754-12
    Mike Green
    Sterling 100k US Collier Sterling at anchor in the Hudson River near the New York Navy Yard during the Presidential Navy Review, 3 October 1911. Photo from the George Bain Collection, Library of Congress, call # LC-B2- 3754-3 Photo-Art Siegel
    Caption-Mike Green
    136k Letter from Acting Chief of Bureau of Navigation, of November 28, 1912, to First Officer Peter M. Gedeberg, N.A.S, directing First Officer Gedeberg to report to the Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard, for assignment to the US Collier Sterling. Tommy Trampp

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