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USS Leonidas (AD-7)
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USS Leonidas (Survey Ship) (1914 - 1917)
USS Leonidas (Collier) (1898 - 1914)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1897-98 as SS Elizabeth Holland by S. P. Austin & Sons, Ltd., Sunderland, Great Britain
  • Purchased by the Navy, 16 April 1898, at London
  • Commissioned USS Leonidas, 21 May 1898, at New York as a Collier, CDR. William I. Moore in command
  • Decommissioned, 27 December 1898, at League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 8 November 1900
  • Decommissioned, 15 February 1909, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.
  • Recommissioned, 11 June 1909
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1912, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.
  • Recommissioned, 1 April 1914, as a Survey Ship
  • Converted to a Sub Chaser/Destroyer Tender, 30 October 1917
  • Designated (AD-7), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 28 November 1921 at Norfolk, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for commercial operations, 24 March 1923, to Ammunition Products Corp., Washington, D.C., named reverted to SS Elizabeth Holland, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,264 t.
    Length 264' 3"
    Beam 39' 3"
    Draft 21'
    Speed 9.5 kts.
    Complement (Collier) 52
    Armament two 3-pdrs
    Propulsion system unknown

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    Leonidas 74k USS Leonidas at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, 29 May 1898
    US Navy photo # NH 51304 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Leonidas 85k USS Leonidas underway, 22 April 1914, while serving as a survey ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 51304 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Leonidas 94k USS Leonidas underway while serving as a surveying ship between 1914 and 1917.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 20., Photo # 14252.
    Mike Green
    Leonidas 51k USS Leonidas at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., circa September 1917. She has recently had a gun installed on her forecastle. Note the sentry at left, mobile crane in the center and steam launch on a cradle at right. This image is cropped from US Navy History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 51135.
    US Navy photo # NH 51135-A from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Tony Cowart
    Leonidas 104k USS Leonidas at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., circa September 1917. Leonidas, just back from the Caribbean, has surveying launches in her well deck and a 3" gun in a shield on her forecastle. The newly-commissioned submarine USS L-8 (No. 48) is in drydock in the foreground. Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 51135 (detail)
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 51135 (detail) from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Mike Green
    Leonidas 69k USS Leonidas tending submarine chasers and other patrol craft in 1918, probably at U.S. Naval Base 25, Corfu, Greece. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981.
    US Navy photo # NH 73480 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Tony Cowart
    Leonidas 243k USS Leonidas at U.S. Naval Base 25, Corfu, Greece, in 1918. Also present are twenty-one submarine chasers and a small tanker (perhaps the French Mazout). Courtesy of George Breed, University Club, Philadelphia.
    US Navy photo # NH 42570 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Tony Cowart
    Leonidas 48k USS Leonidas at anchor date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1919", Courtesy, LT. H. Reuterdahl, USNRF. US Naval Historical Center

    USS Leonidas (AD-7)
    DANFS History entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Moore, William Irwin21 May 1898 - 27 December 1898
     Decommissioned27 December 1898 - 8 November 1900
    02LCDR. Bierer, Bion Barnett29 November 1907 - 15 February 1909
     Decommissioned15 February 1909 - 11 June 1909
     Decommissioned3 May 1912 - 1 April 1914
    03CDR. Nelson, Charles Preston :RADM1 April 1914 - December 1914
    04LCDR. Cocke, Herbert ClaiborneDecember 1914 - ?
    05LCDR. Church, John Gaylord, USN (1900)28 March 1916 - June 1916
    06LCDR. Hill, Owen10 August 1916 - ?
    07CAPT. Nelson, Charles Preston7 January 1918 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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