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USS Glacier (AF-4)
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USS Glacier (1898 - 1920)
USS Delmonico (1898)



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


  • Built in 1891 as SS Port Chalmers at J. L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, Great Britain
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1898 at London from her owners, the Federal Line
  • Converted for Naval service at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Delmonico, 5 July 1898. CDR. J. P. Merrill, USN
  • Renamed USS Glacier, 11 July 1898
  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1899, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Recommissioned, 31 March 1899, at New York
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 1903, at Norfolk, Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 15 December 1903, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Decommissioned, 30 July 1904, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Recommissioned, 15 September 1904, at Boston, MA.
  • Designated Stores Ship (AF-4), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 6 March 1922, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for commercial service, 17 August 1922, to Barde Steel & Machinery Co., Seattle, WA., for $22,000
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 10 October 1942, from T. J. Stevenson & Co. Inc. as agents for Carbella SS Co.
  • Redelivered, 23 August 1944, to Carbella SS. Co., at Tampico, Mexico, renamed SS Carbella reflagged Mexican
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 13 September 1944, as agents for Mississippi Shipping Co. Inc.
  • Redelivered, 27 October 1944, to Carbella SS. Co., at Santos, Brazil
  • Final Disposition, date unknown, still working as of 1956
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,325 t.
    Length 388' 7"
    Beam 46' 1"
    Draft 25' 4"
    Speed 12.3 kts.
    Complement 98
    Armament four 3" guns
    Propulsion steam turbine

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    USS Glaicer (AF-4)
    Glacier 48k USS Glacier underway, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH53740
    US Naval Historical Center
    Glacier 85k USS Glacier at anchor, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Glacier 64k USS Glacier at anchor, date and location unknown. Darryl Baker
    Justin 220k Collier USS Justin with USS Glacier inboard at Mare Island Navy Yard sometime between 1908 and 1915. Note the striking differences between the former Australian passenger and frozen meat liner (Glacier) and the former tramp freighter (Justin), which were built only a year apart.
    Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Glacier 764k Stern view of USS Glacier with unidentified tug alongside in San Francisco Bay, June 1909. Darryl Baker
    F-3 313k USS Glacier at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., in July 1913 with Floating Workshop No. 5 and submarines USS F-4, USS F-3. Submarines USS F-1 and USS F-2 are likely aft of F-4 and F-3. Darryl Baker
    Commercial Service
    Glacier 76k Ex-USS Glacier (AF-4) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Mike Green

    USS Glacier (AF-4)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Merrill, J.P. 5 July 1898 - 5 March 1899USS Delmonico/USS Glacier
     Decommissioned5 March 1899 - 31 March 1899 
    02LT. Seccombe, William31 March 1899 - 2 September 1901USS Glacier
    03CDR. Speyers, Arthur Bayard2 September 1901 - ?USS Glacier
     Decommissioned1 August 1903 - 15 December 1903 
     Decommissioned30 July 1904 - 15 September 1904 
    04CDR. Hogg, William S.1907 -?USS Glacier
    05CDR. Bennett, Frank Marion1907 -?USS Glacier
    06CDR. Brand, Charles Augustine4 September 1909 -?USS Glacier
    07LT. Freyer, Frank Barrows (USNA-1902)16 March 1915USS Glacier
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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