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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

USS Rainbow (AS-7)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal - Philippines Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Atlantic Fleet clasp)


  • Built in 1890 as SS Norse King, at James Laing, Sunderland, England
  • Acquired by the US Navy 29 June 1898
  • Commissioned USS Rainbow, 18 July 1898, at Sunderland, England
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, at New York Navy Yard to be converted to a distilling ship
  • Recommissioned USS Rainbow, 2 December 1901, CDR. Sidney A. Staunton, USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 24 December 1914, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., used as Receiving Ship
  • Recommissioned, 29 January 1916, LT. Kinchen L. Hill, USN in command
  • Converted to a Submarine Tender at Mare Island Navy Yard, 12 December 1917 to 2 April 1918
  • Designated (AS-7), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 11 July 1925, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 June 1928
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 September 1928, to Boston Iron Works, Baltimore, MD.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,360 t.
    Length 351' 10"
    Beam 41'
    Draft 17' 2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 30
    Chief Petty Officers 25
    Enlisted 272
    Armament
    two 5"/40 cal single purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Bunker Capacity - Coal 1,166 ton
    Propulsion
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two double-ended boilers
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 35Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 1,800shp

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    Rainbow 125k USS Rainbow under way near New York photographed at New York in 1901, probably after being placed in full commission for the first time on 1 December 1901.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 44051, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Rainbow 138k USS Rainbow) probably photographed near New York in 1901. This former freighter has a graceful yacht-type bow with an eagle figurehead, scrollwork on the steel beak head, and a small bowsprit.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 44052, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Rainbow 38k AZO Real Photo Postcard of USS Rainbow pierside in China, date and location unknown. .
    Rainbow 344k USS Rainbow coaling ship at Cavite, Luzon, Philippine Islands, date unknown. Courtesy James and John Gholson for there father James E. Gholson S2/c USN USS Rainbow
    Rainbow 136k USS Rainbow at Shanghai, China, while serving with the Asiatic Fleet circa 1912-1914. The photo was labeled "Rainbow Maru" by its original owner.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84452, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Rainbow 145k USS Rainbow at Yerba Buena Island (Treasure Island) in San Francisco Bay circa 1916 serving as a receiving ship. The Oakland Pier is in the background.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 92203, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Rainbow 121k USS Rainbow serving as a submarine tender at Guantanamo Bay on 6 February 1919.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44053, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Rainbow 150k USS Rainbow under way at Cold Spring Inlet, Cape May, N.J., 1 July 1919. Of her graceful bow, only the bare steel beakhead survived her conversion to a tender.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44054, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Rainbow 46k USS Rainbow (AS-7) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "Jane's All The World's Fighting Ships 1924".
    Robert Hurst
    Rainbow 80k USS Rainbow (AS-7) pierside while coaling in 1924, location unknown..
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Rainbow 47k USS Rainbow (AS-7) at anchor while tending submarines, date and location unknown Ric Hedman
    Rainbow 231k USS Rainbow (AS-7) and an unidentified auxiliary moored pierside with submarines USS H2 (SS-29)and USS H3 (SS-30) moored forward of Rainbow, date and location unknown Rick Larson MMCM(SS) Ret.

    USS Rainbow (AS-7)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Peck, Robert Grosvenor, USN (USNA 1870)18 July 1898 - ?
     Decommissioned? - 2 December 1901
    02CDR. Staunton, Sidney Augustus, USN (USNA 1870) :RADM2 December 1901 - 22 January 1903
    03CAPT. Sperry, Charles Spillman, USN (USNA 1866) :RADM22 January 1903 - 12 March 1903
    04CDR. Dyer, George Leland, USN (USNA 1870)12 March 1903 - 6 February 1904
    05CDR. Collins, John Bartholomew, USN (USNA 1870)6 February 1904 - 21 January 1905
    06CDR. Cowles, Walter Cleveland, USN (USNA 1873)21 January 1905 - 3 February 1906
    07CDR. Gillmore, James Clarkson, USN (USNA 1876)3 February 1906 - 16 February 1907
    08CDR. Hodges, Ben Ward, USN (USNA 1877)16 February 1907 - 7 July 1907
    09CDR. Gillmore, James Clarkson, USN (USNA 1876)7 July 1907 - 21 July 1907
    10CDR. Quinby, John Gardner, USN (USNA 1878)21 July 1907 - 17 August 1907
    11LT. Whitted, William Scott, USN (USNA 1894)17.08.1907 - 19 October 1907
    12LT. Tozer, Charles Maxon, USN (USNA 1896)19 October 1907 - 9 November 1907
    13LCDR. Jayne, Joseph Lee, USN (USNA 1882) :RADM09.11.1907 - 26 December 1907
    14CDR. Wright, Edward Everett, USN (USNA 1877)26 December 1907 - 15 June 1908
    15CDR. Capehart, Edward Everett, USN (USNA 1881)15 June 1908 - 20 February 1909
    16ENS. Goss, Nelson Henry, USN (USNA 1905)20 February 1909 - 21 March 1910
    17ENS. Stott, Arthur Curtiss, USN (USNA 1905)21 March 1910 - 2 April 1910
    18CDR. Slocum, George Ralph, USN (USNA 1885)2 April 1910 - 7 May 1910
    19ENS. Steele, Benjamin Harrison, USN (USNA 1905)7 May 1910 - 4 June 1910
    20ENS. Stott, Arthur Curtiss, USN (USNA 1905)4 June 1910 - 11 December 1910
    21CDR. Fahs, Charles Marion, USN (USNA 1884)11 December 1910 - 13 January 1911
    22LCDR. Mitchell, Alexander Neely, USN (USNA 1898)13 January 1911 - 26 October 1912
    23LCDR. Wurtsbaugh, Daniel Wilbert, USN (USNA 1896)26 October 1912 - 10 June 1914
    24LCDR. Horne, Frederick Joseph, USN (USNA 1899) :ADM10 June 1914 - 24 December 1914
     Decommissioned24 December 1914 - 29 January 1916
    25LT. Hill, Kinchen Leonard, USN (USNA 1907)29 January 1916 - 10 March 1918
    26LCDR. Rice, Paul Hildreth, USN (USNA 1909)10 March 1918 - 29 January 1919
    27CDR. Ogan, Joseph Vance, USN (USNA 1905)29 January 1919 - 10 October 1918
    28CDR. Capehart, Edward Everett, USN (Ret.) (USNA 1879)10 October 1918 - 13 June 1920
    29CAPT. Hart, Thomas Charles, USN (USNA 1897) :ADM (ADDU AS-5)13 June 1920 - 13 December 1921
    30CAPT. Briggs, Zeno Everett, USN (USNA 1898)13 December 1921 - 16 October 1922
    31CAPT. De Frees, Joseph Rollie USN (USNA 1900) :RADM16 October 1922 - 29 September 1923
    32LT. Christie, Ralph Waldo, USN (USNA 1915) :VADM29 September 1923 - 1 October 1924
    33CDR. Olding, James Perdue, USN (USNA 1906)1 October 1924 - 20 December 1924
    34CDR. Fletcher, Frank Jack, USN (USNA 1906) :ADM20 December 1925 -15 March 1925
    35LCDR. Canine, Stanley Roscoe, USN (USNA 1909)15 March 1925 - 25 May 1925
    36LT. Umsted, Scott, USN (USNA 1915) :RADM25 May 1925 - 11 July 1925
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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