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Big Chief (IX-101)
International Radio Call Sign:
USLHST Iris (1899 - 1934)
November - Juliet - Bravo - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Laid down as the steamer SS Plymouth in 1897 by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, PA.
Purchased and retrofitted by the US Lighthouse Service for $84,406.76 for use as an engineering tender in the 4th Lighthouse District out of Philadelphia
Commissioned USLHST Iris by the Light House Service, 18 December 1899
Decommissioned by the US Coast Guard and sold 21 June 1934
Placed in commercial service by her new owners as the freighter SS Big Chief
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 May 1943, from the War Shipping Administration and placed in service as Big Chief the same day
Designated IX-101, 11May 1943
Placed out of service, 28 May 1946, and returned to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Sold for commercial service as a fishing vessel, renamed B.O. Colonna
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973
Specifications: Displacement 2,323 t.
Displacement 606 t.
Speed 14 kts.
Complement 21 (1907)
Propulsion steam engine; coal-fired boiler; single propeller; 800 IHP, diesel after World War II
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||USLHST Iris moored to the pier while serving the lighthouse at the Delaware Breakwater in 1899. Photo from U.S.LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE TENDERS, Eastwind Publishing.
||With permission from Eastwind Publishing
Big Chief (IX-101)
DANFS History entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Iris 1899
Last Updated 20 January 2012
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