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USS Prometheus (AR-3)
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USS Prometheus (Repair Ship No. 2) (1914 - 1920)
USS Prometheus (Collier No. 2) (1910 - 1914)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Mexican Service Medal - Haitian Campaign Medal (with date bar 1919-1920) - World War I Victory Medal (with Mobile Base clasp)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


Ontario Class Collier / Prometheus Class Repair Ship:
  • Name changed from Ontario to Prometheus, 21 July 1905
  • Laid down, 18 October 1907, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Launched, 5 December 1908
  • Commissioned USS Prometheus (Collier No.2), 15 January 1910
  • Decommissioned, 7 April 1913, for conversion to a Repair Ship
  • Recommissioned USS Prometheus (Repair Ship No.2), 23 December 1914, CDR. Nelson C. Offley in command
  • Designated (AR-3), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 4 October 1924, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Recommissioned, 15 May 1942, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, CAPT. Robert P. Briscoe in command
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946, and simultaneously Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 August 1950 to Ziedell Shipwrecking Co., Portland, OR.
  • USS Prometheus earned one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,940 t.
    Length 466' 4"
    Beam 60' 2"
    Draft 19' 6"
    Speed 16 kts.
    AR Complement
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 703
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    AR Armament
    two single 5"/51 cal. gun mounts
    four 3"/50 cal. gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 8,710 bbls
    Propulsion
    two New York Navy Yard vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    three White-Forester boilers, 200psi, °Sat (coal fired boilers, converted to oil)
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 7,500shp

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    USS Prometheus (Fleet Collier No. 2)
    Prometheus 526k Bow view of USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2), 3 December 1904, at Navy Yard Mare Island, two days before her launching. US Navy photo by McMillan Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 481k Bow view of USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2), 4 December 1904, at Navy Yard Mare Island, the day before her launching. US Navy photo by E. K. Halverson. Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 469k Broadside view USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) launch day, 5 December 1904, at Navy Yard Mare Island. US Navy. Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 299k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) half way down the building way during her launching at Mare Island, 5 December 1908. US Navy. Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 272k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) is waterborne for the first time after launching at Mare Island, 5 December 1908. Unadilla (Harbor Tug No. 4) is on her port side. US Navy. Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 380k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) entering the water for first time during her launching at Mare Island, 5 December 1908. Unadilla (Harbor Tug No. 4). Other ships in photo left to right: USS Fortune (Harbor Tug No. 11), and USS Active (Harbor Tug No. 14) is to the far right. US Navy photo. Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 345k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) with USS Fortune (Harbor Tug No. 11) made up to her port bow immediately after launching, 5 December 1908. US Navy photo. Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 59k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 15 April 1910.
    US Navy photo # NH 44050 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Prometheus 58k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 8 April 1910
    off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo CA
    US Navy photo # NH 70617 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Prometheus 51k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 8 April 1910.
    US Navy photo # NH 70616 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Prometheus 102k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) at anchor, circa 1910-1913, location unknown.
    US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe web site.
    Mike Green
    Jupiter 222k USS Ontario is aft of USS Jupiter (Fleet Collier No.3) at Mare Island Navy Yard between 18 and 31 July 1913. USS Ontario was undergoing conversion to the repair ship. Prometheus. Note the bow of YW-16 visible forward of Jupiter.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # BK 622 10, Navy Photo 5351, 18-31 July 1913.
    Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 61k USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No.2) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl L. Baker
    USS Prometheus (Fleet Repair Ship No. 2)
    Prometheus 61k USS Prometheus (Fleet Repair Ship No.2) soon after her conversion to a repair ship, possibly in the Norfolk area in 1917. Externally the conversion included reducing the rig from four to two masts and extending the after end of the amidships island. The small deckhouse on this extension does not reach either side of the ship. The tug alongside may be USS Wando (Tug No. 17) or USS Pocahontas (Tug No. 18).
    US National Archives, RG-19-A-31, Photo # 8834, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Prometheus 85k USS Prometheus (Fleet Repair Ship No.2) probably shown a year or two after her return from France in early 1919. The forward half of the ship's well deck has been filled in by extending the forecastle back to the foremast and a rangefinder has been fitted between the forward pair of 5" guns. The rest of the ship including the amidships superstructure appears to be largely unchanged.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 68323
    Mike Green
    Prometheus 44k USS Prometheus (Fleet Repair Ship No.2) wearing dazzle camouflage while at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "Jane's All The World's Fighting Ships 1924".
    Robert Hurst
    Bridgeport 117k Ships dressed with flags in Brest harbor, awaiting the arrival of President Woodrow Wilson, in December 1918 or March 1919. Ships present include USS Bridgeport (ID # 3009) at left, USS Prometheus (Fleet Repair Ship No. 2) is in the center, with tugs alongside. Two US Navy destroyers, another tug, and the Italian cruiser Libia are in the center and right distance. In the right-center foreground are two "Menhaden Fisherman" minesweepers, one wearing the numeral "5". Tugs may include USS Osceola and two units of the Allegheny class.
    US Navy photo # NH 42571 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Prometheus 74k USS Prometheus (Fleet Repair Ship No. 2) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 1920. Note battleships in background. The original print of this photo was incorrectly identified as USS Vestal.
    US Navy photo # NH 50271 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Prometheus 35k USS Prometheus (Fleet Repair Ship No. 2) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USS Prometheus (AR-3)
    Prometheus 131k The starboard wing of the bridge of USS Prometheus (AR-3) while underway, circa 1923-24. CAPT Hugo W. Osterhaus, Commanding Officer, is in the center, pointing. S. Dale Hargrave
    Prometheus 109k USS Prometheus (AR-3) approaching the locks during a transit of the Panama Canal, date unknown. S. Dale Hargrave
    Prometheus 80k USS Prometheus (AR-3) transiting through the Gatun locks of the Panama Canal, date unknown. View from the after mast looking forward. Tommy Trampp
    Prometheus 45k Probably personnel inspection aboard USS Prometheus (AR-3) circa 1920s location unknown Tommy Trampp
    Prometheus 39k USS Prometheus (AR-3) is the scene of a wedding in 1924 Tommy Trampp
    Prometheus 90k
    Prometheus
    19-N-24258
    91k USS Prometheus (AR-3) laid up at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 3 June 1941 shortly before beginning reactivation. The ship had been laid up since October 1924 and was in questionable condition in 1941, with some items including the smokestack removed. Her four 5"/50 guns were still on board.
    US National Archives photo #'s 19-N-24258, 19-N-24262 and 19-N-24256, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Prometheus
    19-N-24262
    93k
    Prometheus
    19-N-24256
    78k
    Prometheus 101k USS Prometheus (AR-3) underway off Puget Sound Navy Yard while being reconditioned for return to active service, circa 1941-42.
    Puget Sound Navy Yard photo now in the collections of the NARA Seattle Branch.
    Tracy White
    Prometheus 107k USS Prometheus (AR-3) at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, 2 July 1942 after reconstruction and reactivation. The ship was recommissioned, 15 May 1942. The reconstruction included filling in the well deck forward and enclosing the entire boat deck level above the former amidships superstructure. note the two tugs fore and aft.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-30887 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Prometheus 129k USS Prometheus (AR-3) during the Guadalcanal Campaign, 1942-43 with USS South Dakota (BB-49) and two destroyers alongside for repairs.
    US National Archives photo #80-G-36088, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Prometheus (AR-3)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01MASTER Worley, George William (Naval Auxiliary Service)15 January 1910Collier #2
    02MASTER Newell, Joseph (Naval Auxiliary Service)6 January 1912 - 7 April 1913Collier #2
     Decommissioned7 April 1913 - 23 December 1914 
    03CDR. Offley, Cleland Nelson23 December 1914 - 14 June 1915Repair Ship #2
    04CDR. Lyon, Frank14 June 1915 - 11 November 1915Repair Ship #2
    05CDR. Karns, Franklin D.11 November 1915 - ?Repair Ship #2
    06CAPT. White, Richard Drace27 November 1919 - ?Repair Ship #2
    07CDR. Foley, Paul15 August 1921 - 17 January 1922AR-3
    08CAPT. Osterhaus, Hugo Wilson :ADM1923 - 1923AR-3
    09CDR. Menner, Robert Tyron (Duke)1923 - 4 October 1924AR-3
     Decommissioned4 October 1924 - 15 May 1942 
    10CAPT. Briscoe, Robert Pearce :ADM15 May 1942 - 22 November 1942AR-3
    11CAPT. Young, Louis Thomason22 November 1942 - 1943AR-3
    12CDR. Laws, Clyde, Charles31 May 1943 - October 1944AR-3
    13CAPT. Barden, Harold Edward16 November 1944 - 1 July 1946AR-3
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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