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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Fulton (PG-49)
USS Fulton (AS-1) (1920 - 1930)
USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1) (1914 - 1920)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Atlantic Fleet clasp)

Fulton Class Submarine Tender;
  • Initially named Niagara, 30 April 1912
  • Renamed Fulton, 10 February 1913
  • Laid down, 2 October 1913, at Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy MA.
  • Launched, 6 June 1914
  • Commissioned USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1), 7 December 1914, LT. James D. Wilson, in command
  • Designated (AS-1), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 5 October 1925, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 2 September 1930
  • Reclassified Gunboat, (PG-49), 29 September 1930
  • Decommissioned, 12 May 1934, at Cavite Navy Yard, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 May 1935
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 June 1935, to Lavoniera Filipino of Cavite, Philippines
    Displacement 1,308 t.
    Length 226' 6"
    Beam 35'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 135
    Armament two 3" gun mounts
    Propulsion one New England Ship and Engine Co. steam engine

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    Fulton 55k

    Robert Fulton, born in Little Britain, Pa., in 1765, had a distinguished career as a painter before patenting his first invention, a double inclined plane to replace locks in canals, in England in 1794. His numerous ingenious and influential inventions included a prototype submarine, Nautilus, amphibious boats, and the first commercially successful steamboat, Clermont. In 1814 and 1815, he built the first war steamer, known both as Fulton and Demologos. He died in New York City 24 February 1815.
    Portrait from the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1)
    Fulton 123k USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1) at Boston Navy Yard, 26 February 1915, showing the ship's boat stowage.
    US National Archives, RG-19-A-31, Photo # Unknown. A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    G-1 70k USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1) towing USS G-1 (Submarine # 19½), circa 1915. The original print's reverse contains the hand-written comment: "Towed 30 hrs. parted two line off Cape Hatteras, Fulton relieved by USS Castine (Gunboat # 6), Castine stood by G-1 in storm off Hatteras for 48 hrs. before she could pick her up. G-1 registered a roll of 72 degrees. Arrow over rubber necks head."rubber neck" is probably Chief Quartermaster John Harold. Photo from the Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
    US Navy photo NH # 101546 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Fulton 114k USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1) circa 1915. Note the twin torpedo tube mount on the port side of the forecastle. It was used for adjusting torpedoes but proved unsatisfactory for this purpose.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 101545, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Fulton 127k USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1) circa late 1917 with four submarines alongside. The sub with her radio mast raised is USS L-8, the other three are Holland-type boats just before deploying to Europe. Note, Fulton now has two 3"/50 guns on the forecastle in place of the torpedo tubes.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 105912, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Fulton 123k USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1) and USS Ardent (SP-680) moored pierside at Submarine Base, New London, CT., during WW1.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53972.
    Robert Hurst
    Fulton 1265k USS Fulton (Submarine Tender #1) with submarines alongside at Bermuda, circa 1917-18. Photo by James W. Anderson USS Alert, courtesy Kristina Olson Magill
    USS Fulton (AS-1)
    Fulton 71k USS Fulton (AS-1) under way in New York Harbor, date unknown. Photo from "Jane's All The World's Fighting Ships 1924". Robert Hurst
    Fulton 128k USS Fulton (AS-1) moored pierside at Naval Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone, in April 1924.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1222., courtesy
    Mike Green
    Fulton 121k USS Fulton (AS-1) under way, date and location unknown. The caption attached to this photo reads "U.S. WARSHIP BURNS: 108 ABOARD SAVED. The U.S.S. Gunboat Fulton, afire was abandoned by 118 crew in Bias Bay, Hong Kong, China, March 14th. Of those aboard 108 were rescued. It was believed some were missing. The Fulton is of 1,160 tons displacement and was built in 1914. Bias Bay, off Hong Kong harbor is a notorious nest of Chinese pirates, and has been in their hands for years." CREDIT LINE (ACME) 3/14/34" Tommy Trampp
    USS Fulton (PG-49)
    Fulton 160k USS Fulton (PG-49) drydocked at Philadelphia Navy Yard in September 1930 while being reactivated as a gunboat. One 3"/50 AA gun has been installed on the center line forward, a second is probably aft.
    US National Archives, RG-19-E, Photo No. Unknown. A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Fulton 89k USS Fulton (PG-49) at Hong Kong after burning at sea on 14 March 1934. She was towed into Junk Bay near Hong Kong by a British naval tug after a British destroyer and a merchantman rescued her crew. The wooden pilot house was completely destroyed by the intense fire and much of the rest of the ship was gutted. Her forward 3"/50 AA gun, however, survived unscathed.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (S-348-B), courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Fulton (AS-1 / PG-49)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Willson, James David USN (03)7 December 1914 - 17 June 1916Submarine Tender # 1
    02LT. Taylor, Conant17 June 1916 - ?Submarine Tender # 1
    03CDR. Cutts, Elwin FisherJanuary 1918 - March 1918Submarine Tender # 1
    04LCDR. Combs, Walter VincentMarch 1918 - January 1919Submarine Tender # 1
    05LT. Maher, James Edward :VADMJanuary 1919 - 15 February 1919Submarine Tender # 1
    06CAPT. Oliver, Frederick Lansing15 February 1919 - ?Submarine Tender # 1
    07LCDR. Brown, Stuart Southerland15 February 1923 - February 1925AS-1
    08CDR. Smith Jr., Oscar30 June 1930 - ?AS-1
    09CDR. Cooper Jr., Henry George1932PG-49
    10CDR. McHenry, Harry Dickson1934PG-49
    11LCDR. Coleman, William Bryanno dates 
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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