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Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS USN (Ret.) - Popular Patch

USS Alert (AS-4)
USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4) (1912 - 1920)
USS Alert (Gunboat) (1875 - 1912)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
World War I Victory Medal

Alert Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down in 1873 as an iron-hulled screw steamer at John Roach and Sons, Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 18 September 1874
  • Commissioned , 27 May 1875, CDR. William T. Sampson in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1882, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • USS Alert was commissioned and decommissioned at Mare Island six additional times between 31 July 1882 and her final decommissioning, 9 March 1922
  • USS Alert was reclassified as a Submarine Tender in 1912 and given the designation (AS-4), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 9 March 1922. at Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1922 and sold for scrapping, 27 July 1922 to Bercovich. Co., Oakland, CA.
    Displacement 1,202 t.
    Length 199' 9"
    Beam 32'
    Draft 13' (mean)
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 202
    one 11" smooth bore
    two 9" smooth bore
    one 6-pdr
    spar torpedoes
    Propulsion steam
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    USS Alert (Gunboat)
    Alert 32k Modern artists version of USS Alert under full sail.
    Painting from the US Naval Institute collection.
    Tommy Trampp
    Alert 85k USS Alert entering drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard, circa 1890.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo S 18871404.
    Ron Reeves
    Alert 291k USS Alert drydocked at the Mare Island Navy Yard, circa 1890.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 71061
    Mike Green
    Alert 122k USS Alert at anchor, 1895, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Library of Congress
    Larry Pearce
    162k USS Alert at anchor, circa 1901-1902, location unknown.
    US Navy photos now in the collations of the US Library of Congress, photo #'s unknown and LC-D4-21617_R
    Larry Pearce and Mike Green
    Alert 45k USS Alert at anchor, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo
    Gunter Krebs
    Monongahela 656k Mare Island Navy Yard, September-October 1889. Ships present:
    USS Monongahela, outboard of,
    USS Monadnock (under construction),
    USS Albatross,
    USC&GS Carlisle P. Patterson,
    USS Charleston (C-2) (being outfitted),
    Floating dry dock and
    USS Independence (Receiving Ship)
    Ships in the channel (left to right)
    USS Alert and
    USS Thetis.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker and Robb Johnson
    Alert 50k USS Alert at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo source "Janes' Fighting Ships 1914"
    Robert Hurst
    Alert 1465k USS Alert under tow by the tug Unadilla in San Francisco Bay, circa 1902. Darryl Baker
    USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4)
    Alert 2388k USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 21 January 1913, with three of her brood, from left to right; USS F-1 (Submarine # 20), USS F-2 (Submarine # 21), USS F-3 (Submarine # 22).
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # MINSY 01211913-01
    Darryl Baker
    Alert 77k USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4), serving as tender for the Third Submarine Division of the Pacific Fleet, laying alongside the wharf at Kuahua, U.S. Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, 22 August 1917. K-3 (Submarine #34) and K-4 (Submarine #35) are identifiable alongside; the unidentifiable "boat" is probably either K-7 (Submarine #38) or K-8 (Submarine #39).
    US Navy photo # NH 83866 from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret an Robert Hurst
    Alert 144k USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4), at Long Beach CA., circa 1914. The submarines along side are "F" class boats.
    US Navy photo
    Ric Hedman
    Alert 693k Post card image of USS Alert (Submarine Tender #4) moored at San Pedro, CA. The submarines alongside are "F" class boats, circa 1916. Photo - Ron Reeves
    Caption - Ric Hedman

    USS Alert (Gunboat / AS-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
     CDR., Manley, Henry DeHaven, USN (USNA 1860)5 April 1874 - 27 May 1875Pre-Comm
    01CDR. Sampson, William Thomas, USN :RADM (USNA 1861)27 May 1875 - 12 December 1876Gunboat
    02CDR. Marvin, Joseph Dana, USN (USNA 1860)12 December 1876 - 14 April 1879Gunboat
    03CDR. Huntington, Charles Lathrop, USN (USNA 1862)14 April 1879 - 9 March 1881Gunboat
    04CDR. Kempff, Louis, USN (USNA 1862)9 March 1881 - 25 November 1881Gunboat
    05CDR. Barclay, Charles James, USN (USNA 1864)25 November 1881 - 31 July 1882Gunboat
     Decommissioned31 July 1882 - 8 October 1883 
    06CDR. Barclay, Charles James, USN (USNA 1864)8 October 1883 - 23 September 1886Gunboat
     Decommissioned23 September 1886 - 15 June 1887 
    07CDR. Graham, James Dunn, USN (USNA 1862)15 January 1887 - 23 January 1889Gunboat
    08CDR. Green, James G., USN23 January 1889 - 6 February 1890Gunboat
     Decommissioned6 February 1890 - 9 October 1890 
    09CDR. Hitchcock, Roswell Dwight, USN (USNA 1865)9 October 1890 - 10 October 1892Gunboat
    10CDR. Durand, George Robert, USN10 October 1892 - 23 September 1893Gunboat
     Decommissioned23 September 1893 - 2 April 1894 
    11CDR. Morgan, William Arthur, USN4 April 1894 - 8 October 1894Gunboat
    12CDR. Ide, George Elmore, USN (USNA 1865)8 October 1894 - 21 July 1895Gunboat
    13CDR. Hanford, Franklin, USN (USNA 1866)21 July 1895 - ?Gunboat
     Decommissioned4 June 1898 - 11 May 1901 
    14CDR. Blockinger, Gottfried, USN (USNA 1868)11 May 1901 - 24 December 1901Gunboat
    15CDR. Adams, James Dexter, USN (USNA 1868)24 December 1901 - 15 November 1902Gunboat
    16CDR. Kimball, William Wirt, USN (USNA 1869)15 November 1902 - 10 December 1903Gunboat
     Decommissioned10 December 1903 - 25 January 1912 
    17LT. Smith, Charles Earl, USN (USNA 1903)25 January 1912 - 17 February 1914Submarine Tender No. 4
    18LT. Canaga, Bruce Livingston, USN (USNA 1908) 17 February 1914 - 10 June 1915Submarine Tender No. 4
    19LT. Lawry, Frank Jacob, USN (USNA 1911) 10 June 1915 - 9 July 1916Submarine Tender No. 4
    20LTjg. Thom, John Culbertson, USN (USNA 1911)9 July 1916 - 10 March 1918Submarine Tender No. 4
    21LCDR. Ashley, John Marlin, USN (USNA 1909)10 March 1918 - 1 April 1919Submarine Tender No. 4
    22CAPT. Shackford, Chauncey, USN (USNA 1899)1 April 1919 - 6 February 1921Submarine Tender No. 4 / AS-4
    23CAPT. Miller, William Siebel, USN (USNA 1899)6 February 1921 - 9 March 1922AS-4
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
    James W. Anderson USS Alert Photo Collection
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