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USS Supply

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal

Schooner-rigged Iron-hulled Steamer:
  • Laid down in 1873 as SS Illinois by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the US Navy from International Navigation Co., 30 April 1898, for $325,000
  • Commissioned USS Supply, 30 April 1898, LCDR. R. R. Ingersoll, in command
  • USS Supply served as the fleet supply ship in Cuban waters during the Spanish-American War.
  • Decommissioned at New York Navy Yard, 28 April 1899
  • Recommissioned, 1 August 1902, at New York Navy Yard
  • USS Supply was ordered to duty on the Asiatic Station, serving as supply ship for the Asiatic Fleet and as Station Ship at Guam
  • Decommissioned, 15 September 1919, at Navy Yard Mare Island
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 30 September 1921
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 September 1921.
    Displacement 4,325 t.
    Length 355' 8"
    Beam 43' 4"
    Draft 19' 5"
    Speed 9.5 kts.
    Complement 128
    six 6-pdrs
    four 1-pdr
    Fuel Capacity 1,053 tons of coal
    one coal fired double ended boiler
    two coal fired auxiliary boilers
    one 1,069ihp vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    single shaft

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    Supply 71k USS Supply, probably, photographed a few years after the Spanish-American War.
    US Navy photo # NH 67902, Courtesy Donald M. McPherson, 1968, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Cushing 128k USS Supply, in decommissioned status, moored astern of USS Cushing (Torpedo Boat # 1) in November 1900 at the New York Navy Yard.
    US National Archives photo #19-N-14-19-10, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    NH 43663
    92k USS Supply moored pierside, probably at New York Navy Yard in August 1902. Supply was recommissioned at New York Navy Yard, 1 August 1902.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s NH 43663 and NH 43664.
    Robert Hurst
    NH 43664
    Supply 46k USS Supply moored, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1914." Robert Hurst
    NH 71013
    69k USS Supply at anchor, dressed with flags for Washington's Birthday, at Apra Harbor, Guam, 22 February 1913. At this time Supply was station ship at Guam.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s NH 71013. Courtesy of Mr. Gustave Freret, 1970.
    Robert Hurst
    NH 105955
    64k USS Supply at anchor, before World War I, possibly during one of her long periods of duty as station ship at Guam.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s NH 105966. Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.
    Robert Hurst
    Supply 96k USS Supply moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., circa 1921. The ship is not flying a jack flag on the bow and appears to be out of commission. USS Saturn (AG-4) is on the left. The two large ships astern may be USS Vermont (BB-20) and USS Brooklyn (CA-3).
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 71584, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970.
    Robert Hurst

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