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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Spanish Campaign Medal
Completed in 1884 as SS Chatham, an iron-hulled, schooner-rigged screw steamship, by American Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA.
Launched, date unknown
Acquired by the US Navy, 2 May 1898, from Merchants' & Miners' Transportation Co., Baltimore, MD.
Renamed Vulcan and converted to the US Navy's first Repair Ship
Commissioned, 31 May 1898, as USS Vulcan, LCDR. Ira Harris, in command
Vulcan served in Cuban waters during the Spanish-American War
Decommissioned, 12 January 1899, at the League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Sold, 3 July 1899, back to Merchant's & Miner's Transportation Co., renamed SS Chatham
Final Disposition, believed to have been scrapped in 1911
Displacement 1,909 t.
Length 265' 4"
Draft 15' 6"
Propulsion steam, single screw
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||USS Vulcan at sea, during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Copied from the book of letters kept by Assistant Surgeon William S. Thomas, 1898.
US Navy photo # NH 45237 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 8 February 2008
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