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USS Celtic (AF-2)
USS Celtic (1898 - 1920)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Spanish Campaign Medal
Second Row - Philippine Campaign Medal - Cuban Pacification Medal - Mexican Service Medal
Third Row - Haitian Campaign Medal - Dominican Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp)

Celtic Class Provisions Store Ship:
  • Built in 1891 as SS Celtic Cloud at Workman Clark and Co., Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 14 May 1898
  • Converted for Naval service at the New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Celtic, 25 May 1898, LCDR. Nathanial J. K. Patch in command
  • Decommissioned, 18 September 1903 at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Recommissioned, 19 October 1905
  • Decommissioned, 23 February 1907
  • Recommissioned, 23 October 1908, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Designated Provisions Store Ship (AF-2), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1922 , at Cavite Navy Yard, Cavite, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition sold 23 January 1923, fate unknown
    Displacement 8,000 t.(lt) 14,750 t.(fl)
    Length 383' 1"
    Beam 44' 7"
    Draft 21'
    Speed 10.5 kts
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 119
    two 6-pdr Maxim guns
    Bunker Capacity 1,1790 t.
    one triple-expansion steam engine
    two coal-fired Scotch boilers
    single propeller, 1,690shp

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    Celtic 77k USS Celtic at New York Navy Yard, circa May 1898
    US Navy photo # NH 912 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Celtic 49k USS Celtic at New York Navy Yard, 29 May 1898.
    US Navy photo # NH 55066 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Celtic 67k USS Celtic at anchor in full dress ship, circa 1908, location unknown.
    Photo copied with the authors permission from "U.S. Warships of World War One", by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Robert Hurst
    Celtic 55k USS Celtic at anchor while at the Naval Review off New York City in October 1912.
    US Navy photo # NH 55067 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    US National Archives 19-N-13356
    118k USS Celtic at anchor after World War I. The photos was taken after the fleet converted from white to gray paint in 1909 and before Celtic received 3-inch guns circa 1914. The ship is equipped with radio.
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-N box 47, Photo No. 19-N-13356 and US Navy photo courtesy Both photos are US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Celtic 113k
    Celtic 217k Soldiers doing KP duty on board the USS Celtic after she docked at her pier, location unknown, circa 1917-1919. Photo taken by Western Newspaper Union, Photographer.
    US National Archives and Records Administration, Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division. ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 533556. Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952 (ARC identifier: 494). Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, compiled 1917 - 1918 (ARC identifier: 533461)
    Robert Hurst
    AF 2 1920 02, Navy Photo. June 1920
    1227k USS Celtic in the Mare Island channel with Unadilla (YT 4) alongside in June 1920. Shipyard logs indicate Celtic was in overhaul at Mare Island Navy Yard from 8 December 1919 until 25 June 1920. Darryl Baker
    AF 2 1920 03, Navy Photo. June 1920
    Celtic 73k USS Celtic at anchor, location unknown, circa 1920. The original print is a color-tinted black & white photograph.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 74664-KN, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Celtic (AF-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Patch, Nathaniel Jordan Knight, USN (1869)25 May 1898 - 10 July 1900
    02LCDR. Gill, William Andrew, USN (1879)1 August 1900 - ?
     Decommissioned18 September 1903 - 19 October 1905
    03LCDR. Knapp, John Joseph USN (1878)19 October 1905 - 26 December 1906
    04LCDR. Clark, Lewis Jacob, USN (1880)26 December 1906 - 23 February 1907
     Decommissioned23 February 1907 - 23 October 1908
    05CDR. Huse, Harry McLaren Pinckney, USN (1878) :VADM23 October 1908 - 6 January 1909
    06LCDR. Cooper, George Franklin, USN (1886)4 January 1909 - 4 June 1910
    07CDR. Hoff, Arthur Bainbridge, USN (1889)4 June 1910 - 4 November 1911
    08LT. Hill, Owen, USN4 November 1911 - 10 May 1912
    09LCDR. Watson, Edward Howe USN (1895)10 May 1912 - 22 May 1913
    10LCDR. Gelm, George Earl, USN (1894)22 May 1913 - 7 October 1913
    11LT. Shoup, Aubrey Kirk, USN (1904)7 October 1913 - 8 April 1914
    12CAPT. Klemann, John Valentine, USN (1895)8 April 1914 - 5 January 1915
    13LT. Fuller, Douglas Wardell, USN (1906)5 January 1915 - ?
    16LCDR. Walsh, James, USNRF4 July 1918 - ?
    17LCDR. Smith, C., USNRF1919
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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